Sandia, SINTEF to collaborate on algae biofuel research

A decades-long partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and the Norwegian research organization SINTEF (Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning) will now tackle energy challenges including algae-based biofuels, under an expanded agreement…

SINTEF is the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, with expertise in the natural sciences and technology, the environment, health and social sciences. Its specific technical strengths include oil and gas, materials, maritime and biomarine technology, building research and medical technology. The new agreement with Sandia includes close alignment with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, the largest technical university in Norway.

Sandia has partnered with SINTEF since the 1980s, primarily in the field of combustion science at the lab’s Combustion Research Facility. Past joint research has included the use of laser diagnostics to study a new combustion technology that allows carbon-dioxide to be captured from the combustion products, and advanced numerical simulations of the turbulent mixing and combustion of fuel jets in air. This collaboration led to publications reporting important insights into the consequences of replacing carbon-dioxide-emitting fuels with environmentally friendly fuel in power generation.

Recently, research managers from SINTEF visited Sandia’s California and New Mexico sites to plan the enhanced collaboration. “Sandia and SINTEF are among the world’s leading energy research institutions, and expanding the areas of collaboration is expected to bring new solutions to these difficult energy problems,” said Bob Hwang, director of the Transportation Energy Center at Sandia. “This partnership can make important strides toward our nation’s goals in energy security.”

Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.

 

Photo caption: Inge Gran, president of SINTEF Energy Research, visited Sandia National Laboratories recently to discuss an enhancement to SINTEF’s decades-long collaboration with the labs. Under an expanded agreement, the two organizations will work on a variety of energy challenges, including algal biofuels. Photo by Jeff McMillan

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