What is the role for gas in the future? TGTC-4 The registration is open – don't miss the early bird!

The Gas Technology Centre NTNU-SINTEF (GTS) kicks off the Trondheim Gas Technology Conference (TGTC-4) in Trondheim on December 5th 2016. This year’s theme: The role for gas in the future international energy market.

Trondheim is Norway’s leading technology hub for energy research. The TGTC-4 conference will in particular provide an insight to the status of the R&D-activities at NTNUSINTEF and our collaborating partners. It will also highlight future R&D needs in light of European and Norwegian strategies and policies.

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Natural gas will play an important role in the transition to a sustainable energy system, and TGTC-4 gives you a great opportunity to learn about what the research environment in Norway is doing on natural gas. Our country has a long history of research and development for the oil and gas industry

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Microgrids to electrify remote off grid areas Can microgrids be a way to electrify remote off grid areas? An EEA-funded project with Norwegian and Romanian partners will test a hydropower-based microgrid in a protected area far from the central transmission grid.

<span class="entry-title-primary">Microgrids to electrify remote off grid areas</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Can microgrids be a way to electrify remote off grid areas? An EEA-funded project with Norwegian and Romanian partners will test a hydropower-based microgrid in a protected area far from the central transmission grid.</span>

By Henrik Kirkeby and Lena Tøfte, SINTEF Energy Research (this blog was first published on cedren.no)

 

The monastery in Cracaoani
The monastery in Cracaoani, where the microgrid will be constructed. Photo: Henrik Kirkeby and Lena S. Tøfte

 

The project “Intelligent energetic system in protected areas” is made possible through EEA-grants. SINTEF Energy Research (SINTEF) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) collaborate with the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, the Technical University of Iasi, the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, and the SIRET water administration on the Romanian side.

The purpose of the project is to build a microgrid in a protected area as a test case for using microgrids to electrify remote off grid areas. This rather than extending the central grid through protected areas.

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SINTEF awarded three new Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research

SINTEF awarded three new Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research

The Research Council of Norway has granted funding to eight new Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME). Each new centre is guaranteed an annual allocation of NOK 15‒25 million for up to eight years.

The eight new FME centres will start up in 2017.

Find out more about the three centres here:

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FME CenBio to EUBCE Conference in Amsterdam Presenting almost eight years of R&D: On 6-9 June in Amsterdam, researchers and industry partners from CenBio, a Norwegian Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research, made a first-of-a-kind collective effort to make the Norwegian bioenergy sector visible to the world's bioenergy community.

<span class="entry-title-primary">FME CenBio to EUBCE Conference in Amsterdam</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Presenting almost eight years of R&D: On 6-9 June in Amsterdam, researchers and industry partners from CenBio, a Norwegian Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research, made a first-of-a-kind collective effort to make the Norwegian bioenergy sector visible to the world's bioenergy community.</span>

After over 7 years of outstanding research efforts and results, FME CenBio – the Norwegian Bioenergy Innovation Centre – sent a large delegation to the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) this June.

CenBio selected the EUBCE to share its many achievements and gather CenBio industry and research members in an internationally relevant context. The EUBCE is a highly respected international scientific conference with an industrial exhibition and gathers participants from research, industry, policy and business within the bioenergy sector. Read more

Oil-water separation: From molecules to drop dynamics In his doctoral work at NTNU, Åsmund Ervik studied how molecules on the interface of water drops in oil influence drop behaviour. This may lead to more efficient oil processing and potentially lower use of energy and chemicals.

<span class="entry-title-primary">Oil-water separation: From molecules to drop dynamics</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">In his doctoral work at NTNU, Åsmund Ervik studied how molecules on the interface of water drops in oil influence drop behaviour. This may lead to more efficient oil processing and potentially lower use of energy and chemicals.</span>

Most oil fields produce water in addition to oil. The water cannot be sold, and it is expensive to transport it. Therefore, the water is separated from the oil at the oil field. The separation happens because water is heavier than oil. The water drops are, however, small. Therefore, large separation tanks are needed to get enough time, since the drops sink so slowly. Since 1911, oil companies have employed electric fields in oil-water separation. The electric field enhances coalescence of the water drops in oil, which leads to more efficient separation. This is called electrocoalescence.
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