Projects

CO2-based heat pumps: Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a refrigerant with low global warming potential (GWP) and zero ozone depletion potential (ODP). Amongst the various refrigerants used in industry, CO2-based refrigeration and heat pump units are often considered the best alternative in cold climates. This project aims to model CO2-based designs suitable for cold climates and investigates optimized design parameters for processes such as those used in the fishing industry and low energy buildings for combined tap water and space heating. Design modifications utilizing an ejector or different refrigerant blends in combination with CO2 are a particular research interest.

Optimisation of Linkages in the CCS Value Chain: The objective of the project is to conduct research into how the linkages between the three main elements of capture, transport and storage can be better optimised. For example, how dehydration of CO2 can be better integrated with CO2 capture, compression and the requirements of storage. The project will look at the links between all elements of the chain and the chain as an end-to-end process. The focus will be on the combinations of technologies that are as a minimum proven at the pilot scale and therefore could form the links in the near future.

Development of Systems for Monitoring and Modelling of Emissions in the Arctic: The project is devoted to the study of air pollution from local, regional and long-range anthropogenic sources at Svalbard. The project aims to investigate the environmental fate of air pollution from ships, coal/hydrocarbon-fuelled power plants and mobiles sources, such as snowmobiles and cars, in the region. This project is conjoint with the projects 'Monitoring of Nitrogen Oxides from Mobile and Stationary Sources at Svalbard' and 'Strengthening Cooperation on Air Pollution Research in Svalbard' funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Diesel Police - Detection of Controlled Substances in Diesel: The objective of the project is to develop a portable technology to measure the amount of controlled substance in the Diesel, henceforth, enabling the law enforcing agencies to control the use of subsidized Diesel.

Better Roads - Crack Detection and utilizing Innovative Materials for Roads: The objective of the project is to identify key factors for the development of cracks in the roads in high-north/Arctic environment. In addition, a range of materials are being considered for testing as a substitute for road construction. The project has been publicized in media (Nordlys dated 8th June 2017), ‘Plast Kan Erstatte Asfalt – Forskere Vil Revolusjonere Veiene i Nord’. The project consortium includes Statens Vegvesen, Remiks AS, Murmansk State Technical University, University of Luleå, University of Oulu, Remiks AS, and Sintef Nord.

Windtech - We Develop Cold Climate Technology:  The objective of the project is to develop a sensing device to log the sensation of cold. The device uses an innovative method to measure vital environmental parameters to help in the operations in the Arctic. The device is designed uniquely for oil and gas industry, maritime industry, polar excursions, etc. The device is innovative in the sense that it takes into account temperature, wind, humidity, and irradiance and hence provide true cold exposure. The start-up is supported by UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and Norinnova AS. The start-up has won fundings from VRI Troms, Agenda Nord-Norge and Innovasjon Norge.

Modelling of Shear Stress and Precipitation Effects of Dynamic Flow:  The objective of the project is to develop a method to measure the viscosity of fluids online to maintain the quality of chemical and biological processes. We are proposing to use the phenomenon of damping induced by the fluid to determine the viscosity. The eventual goal is to design a non-intrusive sensor capable of accurately measuring viscosity without influencing the flow within the pipe. The project is in collaboration with UiT-The Arctic University of Norway, Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Rheonics GmbH.

Ice Accretion on Ship in Arctic Waters:  The objective of the project is to identify the key factors for the accretion of ice on the ship operating in Arctic waters. The project also includes to investigate the possible techniques that may be employed to predict and measure the icing rate, ice load and thickness on and integrate with the automated de-icing systems on a large scale. The icing problem is quite critical for the Norwegian maritime industry. The project is funded by Norwegian Research Council and Faroepetroelum AS.