SINTEF (Norwegian: Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning), headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. Every year, SINTEF supports research and development at 2,000 or so Norwegian and overseas companies via its research and development activity. The acronym SINTEF means "The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research". SINTEF was established at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in Trondheim in 1950 and expanded rapidly in the following years. The largest expansion came in 1993 when the "Centre for Industrial Research" in Oslo merged with SINTEF and created the SINTEF Oslo campus. SINTEF has approximately 2100 (2010) employees, most of whom are located in Trondheim, and approximately 350 of whom are in Oslo. There are also offices in Bergen, Stavanger, Tromsø, Raufoss and Ålesund, in addition to overseas offices in Houston, Texas (USA); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; and Hirtshals, Denmark (the Hirtshals location being a laboratory installation). SINTEF works in close cooperation with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and with the University of Oslo (UiO).
Idealistic Norwegian sun trappers
The typical Norwegian owner of a solar heating system is a resourceful man in his mid-fifties. He is technically skilled, interested in energy systems, and wants to save money and protect the environment.
Ships without skippers
A 200 metre long vessel moves slowly across the dark sea surface. There is no one at the wheel. It is quiet on the bridge. There are no signs of life in the engine room or on deck. A scene from a horror film ...
Healthy working environment is a salvation
Contract workers in Norway often face the worst and most unpredictable working conditions. But good management and support from colleagues makes these workers more robust.
Monitoring neighbourhood electricity consumption
With more and more households owning one or even two electric cars requiring charging overnight, how will we manage without sacrificing our hot morning shower and fresh bread for breakfast?
Urgent changes needed in pre-fabricated housing
Norwegian houses can no longer have the same design in western as in eastern Norway. Building designs must adapt to local climate variations, say researchers.
Premiere for intensive production of Atlantic Bluefin tuna
The start-feed for "baby" tuna now being produced in Trondheim has demonstrates the possibility of mass-producing one of the world's most valuable fish species.
Lopwood and brushwood make high-grade charcoal
When the forestry machines have finished extracting timber, what is left are tops and branches – waste which cannot be used. However, according to researchers, it is possible to turn these heaps of lopwood ...
Unusual approach may offer hope for endangered African wild dog
Keeping Africa's endangered wild dogs away from livestock and populated areas has been unusually difficult, but experiments with scent markings from other wild dogs offers promise as a tool in the effort ...
Hunting for heat deep in the Earth
Capturing green energy from deep in the Earth will bring competitive electricity and district heating – with help from Norway.
What do we do when a well blows out?
Oil and gas companies are worried about gas discharges at the sea bed. Recent field experiments can now quantify the volumes of gas reaching the sea surface and how they spread in the atmosphere.
Regional cures for planetary fever
There is still hope for the climate, even if a world-wide climate accord proves to be unattainable. A new report shows that regional measures can hold the global rise in temperature within the two-degree limit.
Atomic-level protection for drivers
A new window on the world of atoms will make future vehicles safer in collisions.
Prioritising trains next?
A new tool could put a delayed train back on schedule. The Traffic Control Centre in Stavanger in Norway is currently testing the tool that will provide an optimum solution in just a few seconds.
No danger from magnetic fields in electric cars
Many people are concerned that electric cars produce dangerous magnetic fields. New research shows that this is not the case.
Jacket works like a mobile phone
A fire is raging in a large building and the fire leader is sending a message to all firefighters at the scene. But they don't need a mobile phone – they simply check their jacket sleeves and read the message ...