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Test facilities – Energy Systems Engineering

Distributed energy conversion technologies, using fuel flexible solutions, energy storage and smart technologies are essential parts of the energy transition towards carbon free solutions.

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Bilder fra laboratoriene på Institutt for energi- og petroleumsteknologi og Institutt for energiressurser, TekNat. Foto: Kjersti Riiber
Photo: Kjersti Riiber

The test facilities at UiS are providing our researchers with experimental data and hands on experience from various test rigs for model development, validation and use.

Fuel flexible micro gas turbine for combined heat and power: The CHP unit at UIS is equipped with an innovative combustion chamber that enables use of various gas fuels with heating values ranging between 5 and 50 MJ/m3. The test rig can produce 100 kW electricity and about 16 kW heat. The advanced instrumentation and flexible fuel feed system enables testing of various fuels and fuel mixtures. One of the goals with this test rig is to demonstrate 100% hydrogen use for heat and power generation. Both technical and economic aspects will be studied, using physical and data driven modeling for monitoring, control, fault diagnostics and optimized operation.

Heat pump using supercritical CO2 (sCO2) as working fluid: The well instrumented test rig is designed to enable high operational flexibility. Operational data from the test rig will be used for physical ad data driven modeling and model validation. Use of smart technologies for optimized operation will be implemented and evaluated.

Shallow geothermal wells as heat source and heat sink: As heat source for the sCO2 heat pump geothermal wells will be drilled and instrumented. Seasonal energy storage, using renewable energy sources and waste heat will be tested and evaluated from tecno-economic point of view.

Battery laboratory: This test facility will provide data for modeling and analysis av energy storage using various materials and battery design.