A selection of IFE's research projects

Energy and Environment

ASSETS (Assessment of the Value of Flexibility Services from the Norwegian Energy System)
The main objective of the project is to develop a framework to analyze the role of Norwegian energy resources in the future European system, and see how the resources value and development is affected by the European energy system and market design.
Fast, reliable and cost effective boron hydride based high capacity solid state hydrogen storage materials (EU project no. 303428)
Cenate – Centrifuge Nanotechnology: Nano silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries
This project is aimed at modifying the Dynatec reactor to be able to produce several types of nanostructured silicon and composite materials of silicon and carbon for use in Li-ion batteries. The project has received financial support from the EnergiX program under the Research Council of Norway.
Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES)
CenSES is a research centre environmentally friendly energy. CenSES research objective is to conduct research that supports public and private decision makers in strategic decisions and policies that will promote environment-friendly energy technologies and lead to a sustainable energy system.
Cheetah – Cost-reduction through material optimization and higher energy output of solar photovoltaic modules
Cheetah is an ambitious EU project devoted to develop technology and foster innovative manufacturing capabilities and photovoltaic products. The goal is not only to reduce the price per watt for photovoltaic energy, but also to support Europe’s development of technological and industrial capacity in all parts of the PV value chain.
Project title: Fundamental investigations on Improved Materials and Storage Concepts for a Hydrogen based Integrated Total Energy Utilisation System
Deep sea offshore wind turbine technology
The exploitation of open sea (deep-water) wind energy resources can give access to a large number of sites with good wind conditions and less restrictions (noise, visual acceptance) than on-shore. Wind turbines used here may differ from conventional designs due to different operational conditions and absence of some restrictions.
Dynatec low-energy reactor for silicon
This research project will explore the central problems for continued development of a new technology for producing highly pure silicon for solar cells. Dynatec Engineering and IFE will together with other partners build a second generation research reactor, where both reactor design and several new mechanisms for more automated use will be tested. The project has received financial support from the EnergiX program under the Research council of Norway.
In collaboration with the Physics Department at IFE, we take part in EC FP6 IP with acronym STORHY that deals with hydrogen storage for car application.
Novel Complex Metal Hydrides for Efficient and Compact Storage of Renewable Energy as Hydrogen and Electricity (EU Project no. 607040)
Energy Technology Systems Analysis Program (ETSAP)
FME-centre, work package 7 / Energy-efficient silicon production through the chemical route (2014-2017)
The aim of this research activity is to obtain a better understanding of the complex processes involved in silane pyrolysis (thermal decomposition). The goal is to have little waste products from this process, as well as low total energy consumption. The research activity is a part of the FME centre on solar energy, a collaboration between IFE, SINTEF, NTNU and UiO, as well as 10 industrial partners. The project receives financial support from the Research Council of Norway.
From waste to value: New industrial process for mineral dressing by use of CO2 (2004-2007)
This program investigates the possibility of industrial use of CO2 for reaction with silicates to form carbonates and improved silicate products.
Integrating European Infrastructure to support science and development of Hydrogen- and Fuel Cell Technologies towards European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy (EU project no. 2845222)
Highly efficient silicon-based solar cells employing nanostructured layers
Much effort is currently being devoted by the photovoltaic industry in order to decrease the cost of solar electricity. Such a cost reduction may be obtained either by reducing the material and process costs or by improving of the efficiency of the solar cells. This project follows the latter approach, and aims at developing technology for making highly efficient silicon-based solar cells employing nanostructured layers.
IEA Annex 18 - Integrated Hydrogen Systems
IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement Annex 18 - Integrated Hydrogen Systems
Kjeller dense phase CO2 corrosion project (KDC)
The Kjeller Dense Phase CO2 Corrosion Project (KDC) is a joint industry project sponsored by several major oil companies. The main objective of the project is to determine the operation window for safe transport of dense phase CO2 with impurities in carbon steel pipelines.
KPN – Impurity control in high performance multicrystalline silicon
The main goal of the project is to develop knowledge about impurity transport processes and impurity-defect interaction in the production of high performance silicon solar cells.
Modelling of Solar Grade Silicon Crystallization Processes
The main purpose of this project is to analyse by modelling and verify by materials characterization the distribution of impurities during silicon crystallization and the formation of dislocations in the crystal lattice during cooling of the solid material. The Norwegian Research Council funds this project which runs from 2008 to 2010. It joins the efforts of two departments at IFE, the Computational Materials Processing department and the Solar Energy department.
MoZEES - Mobility Zero Emission Energy Systems
New Norwegian Research Center on Zero Emission Energy Systems with focus on battery- and hydrogen technology for transport applications