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We perform project work of different forms: from direct assignments to basic research. We take projects from idea-stage to implementation and commercialisation. We have good competence in developing and writing financing applications for support from different types of financing programmes and for projects of different Technology Readiness Level (TRL).

Please take contact if you would like assistance from us.

A selection of our current projects is summarised below. Some of our completed reference projects can be found here.



IceDams

Project titleProject periodContact persons
Numerical simulation of ice pressure on dams
– a RFFNord project
2019-2021Bjørnar Sand; Terje Nordvåg
Project partnersFinanciers
Statkraft Energi A.S.
Nordkraft A.S.
Northern Research Institute Narvik A.S.
Statkraft Energi A.S.
Nordkraft A.S.
Northern Research Institute Narvik A.S.

Project description
The purpose of this project is to develop and implement a new concept for calculation of ice forces on dams. This will be done with development of a numerical model that in a more correct manner shows how the ice forces influence the safety of dams. The project is being performed through a stage-wise development, and the complexity of the numerical models will be extended in the course of the project.


SPRING

Project titleProject periodContact Persons
Strategic Planning for Water Resources and Implementation of Novel Biotechnical Treatment Solutions and Good Practices2019-2022Nga Dang
Project partners – EuropeProject partners – IndiaFinancier
UiT, The Arctic University of Norway
Northern Research Institute Narvik A.S.
University of Pec (Hungary)
Envirovest Co (Hungary)
Finnish Water Forum (Finland)
Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores Technologia e Ciencia (Portugal)
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Indian Institute of Technology KharagPur
Indian Institute of Technology Varanasi
SRK Engineering College, Elixiir Ecobiotek
Dr DY Patil School of Engineering
Municipal Corporation Bhimavaram
Palavi Trust
Society for Advancement of Human Endeavour
EU Horizon 2020
+ project partners

Project description
The overall goal of the SPRING-project is to present an integrated water management system for reliable water supply for all needs, which involves:

Water planning will apply to regions and not just individual cities or states, and will consider the entire question of water in a holistic manner in order to achieve synergies between expansion and diversification of the supply, reducing waste and handling the demand.


ARINKA

Project titleProject periodContact persons
Arctic Railway Infrastructure in Kolarctic
– a Kolarctic Cross Border Collaboration Project
2018-2021Rune Nilsen
Terje Nordvåg
Project PartnersFinanciers
Northern Research Institute Narvik A.S. – lead
Emperor Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University (PGUPS)
Luleå University of Technology
Lapland University of Applied Sciences (Lapland UAS)
Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Trafikverket (The Swedish National Rail Administration – earlier Banverket)
Bane NOR (tidligere Jernbaneverket)
Finnish Transportation Infrastructure Agency (FTIA – VÄYLÄ)
October Railway
Kolarctic Cross Border Cooperation
Nordland Fylkeskommune
Region Norrbotten
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Project description
The project Arctic Railway Infrastructure in Kolarctic – ARINKA is established as a Kolarctic CBC 2014-2020 project with partners from both universities and institute sectors as well as railway companies in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Northwest Russia. The project aims to share railway technolgy knowledge and best-practice solutions across national borders with the goal of making the railway in the Kolarctic region more reliable through robust railway infrastructure solutions, a more cost-effective maintenance as well as through surveillance of the railway with the help of advanced monitoring and sensor technology solutions. .

More information about the ARINKA project is available on the project webpage


SEESIMA

Project titleProject periodContact persons
Supporting Environmental, Economic and Social impacts of Mining Activity
– a Kolarctic Cross Border Collaboration Project
2018-2021Terje Nordvåg
Ross Wakelin
Project PartnersFinanciers
Northern Research Institute Narvik A.S. – lead
Luleå University of Technology
University of Oulu
Federal State Budget Organisation of Science Kola Science Centre Russian Academy of Science
Kolarctic Cross Border Cooperation
Nordland Fylkeskommune
Region Norrbotten
The Regional Council of Lapland (Lapin Liitto)
Sampling of mine leachate, Bruvann, Ballangen

Project description
Society is dependent on the metals and minerals produced by mines, and the employment that the mines and mineral processing provide. However, at the same time the activities can result in emissions, such as of acid mine drainage with sulphates and heavy metals into waterways. The SEESIMA project aims to raise awareness of technological solutions to environmental impacts of mining activities, in order to reduce environmental impacts and improve economic returns. The project is funded by the Kolarctic CBC, EU, Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland .

A brochure describing the Kolarctic SEESIMA project can be downloaded here. More information about the Kolarctic SEESIMA project is available on the project webpage


ICEOP

Project titleProject periodContact persons
Ice Operations
– a Kolarctic Cross Border Collaboration Project
2018-2021Terje Nordvåg
Bjørnar Sand
Project PartnersFinanciers
Northern Research Institute Narvik A.S. – lead
Luleå University of Technology
Storvik & Co AS
Northern (Arctic) Federal University
The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)
Aker BP
Kolarctic Cross Border Cooperation
Nordland Fylkeskommune
Region Norrbotten

Project description
The project’s main goal is to increase the business opportunities for exploration and extraction of oil and gas resources in the Arctic by increasing maritime availability, enhancing knowledge of ice conditions and more accurate numerical models to ensure safe and environmentally friendly field development

More information about the Kolarctic ICEOP project can be found on the project webpage


SMARTrenew

Project titleProject PeriodContact persons
Smarter renewable energy and heating Management for Arctic and northern Rural Territories
– an Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic programme project
2018-2021Øystein Kleven
Project partnersFinanciers
Letterkenny Institute of Technology (Ireland) – lead
Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
Derry City and Strabane District Council (Northern Ireland)
Environment Agency (Færoy Islands)
Heat Research and Development (Island)
Donegal County Council (Ireland)
Northern Research Institute Narvik AS (Norway)
Orkusetur Energy Agency (Island)
Interreg NPA
+ project partners

Project description
The aim of the SMARTrenew project is to transfer renewable energy and smart storage solutions to dispersed regions of the Northern Periphery & Arctic region. Transnational knowledge transfer will be demand led, supported by the quadruple helix approach (academia, business, public authority, citizens), and impact will be maximised by focusing on implementation and smart energy awareness building in communities. Common territorial challenges to be addressed by SMARTrenew include the high cost of fossil fuel dominated energy and heat supplies, remoteness, low population density, cold climate and low uptake in smart renewable technology resulting in energy poverty and lack of energy security combined with poor grid infrastructure in remote areas. The main results will be: (i) greater awareness in communities and local authorities; (ii) renewable energy implementations that will show that local energy poverty can be decreased, and energy security increased. The project outputs will be: 6 “showcase” Smarter Energy Rural Communities”, 18 houses and public buildings retrofitted with smart renewable energy/storage solutions, 1 smart storage services and 1 renewable services.

More details about the SmartRenew project can be found on the Keep database and the project’s Facebook-side.


EEBAK

Project titleProject Period Contact person
Energy Effectivisation of Buildings in Arctic Municipalities
– an Interreg Nord V-A project
2016-2019Martin Jonsen Megård
Ross Wakelin
Project partnersFinanciers
Northern Research Institute Narvik AS
Lapland University of Applied Science (LUAS) – lead
Luleå tekniska universitet (LTU)
Narvik kommune
Interreg Nord V-A
Troms fylkeskommune
Lapin Liitto
Region Norrbotten

Project Description

The main goal of the EEBAK project is to identify the “best available technologies” (BAT) for increasing energy efficiency in buildings in the arctic region. Increase the municipalities in the arctic regions` knowledge of increasing energy efficiency in buildings, through knowledge and experience exchange in the region.

The knowledge and experience from the public authorities in the region will be gathered and compared with the results from the case studies, with the use of standardized evaluation protocols. The results from the case studies will be analyzed and compared with similar case studies from Finland and Sweden. The goal of the comparison is to identify the elements which influence the energy efficiency to the greatest extent. The end product of the project will be a final report consisting of the knowledge and experience compiled throughout the project, as well as the results from the case studies.

More information about the project can be found at the lead partner’s webpage. Download a flyer about the project here.


PROCESS-SME

Project TitleProject PeriodContact Persons
Business Model Innovation of Process Industry2016-2019Ross Wakelin
Terje Nordvåg
Leif-Gunnar Hanssen
Project partnersFinanciers
Lapland University of Applied Science (Finland) – lead
University of Oulu, Kerttu Saalasti Institute (Finland)
Industrial Park in Nivala (Finland)
Nivala-Haapajärvi Subregion Association (Finland)
Luleå University of Technology (Sweden)
IUC Norrbotten (Sweden)
Northern Research Institute Narvik AS
Narvik Science Park (until disestablished).
Interreg Nord V-A
Lapin Liitto
Region Norrbotten
Nordland fylkeskommune
Troms fylkeskommune

Project description

The economy in the Interreg North region is to a large extent based on natural resources and the refinement of these in process industries. In Finland and Sweden the main industry sectors are pulp and paper, mining, metal production and energy while Norway has additionally petroleum and fish farming. Process industry can be described as the transformation of raw material to products, often achieved in a continuous, complex and highly automated sequence of activities. Technological developments, such as materials, sensors and data processing capability give new opportunities for effectivization of the process industry. At the same time there are increasing demands on improved efficiency and waste minimisation and reuse. The project aims to support SMEs in northern Finland, Sweden and Norway in business development.

A major component of the project is the compilation of a roadmap for the future automation RDI (Research, Development and Innovation) within the European process industry. A previous version of the document was published in 2013, and has been used in formulating strategies for numerous EU financing schemes relating to the process industry.

The other main component of the project is assisting with the development of alternative business models for supplier SMEs to the process industry. Recent industrial development indicates possibilities for new business opportunities and growth potential for SMEs which can combine their product components with service components to offer higher value-adding advanced product-service offers.

A brochure describing the Process-SME project can be downloaded here. More information about the Process-SME project can be found at the project’s webpage.


ARCTIC ecocrete

Project titleProject periodContact person
Development of eco-innovative technology for concreting in the arctic region
– a Interreg IV A Nord programme project
2018-2020 Bård Arntsen
Project partnersFinanciers
Northern Research Institute Narvik
University of Oulu
Luleå tekniska universitet (LTU)
Interreg Nord
Nordland fylkeskommune
Troms fylkeskommune
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Project description
In the Northern region there is annually disposed of several million tonnes of inorganic industrial waste. The largest part comes from the mining industry, which amongst other things produces large amounts of stone and sand. The network project Arctic-ecocrete shall look into how these waste products can be recovered and used in the concrete industry to make cement. The project’s overall goal is to improve the Arctic region’s competitiveness, vitality and employment. This shall be done through close collaoration with the Northern region’s most important research institutions and business developers within the concrete industry.

More information about the Arctic Ecocrete project can be found on the project’s facebook page


GRACE

Project titleProject periodContact persons
Integrated oil spill response actions and environmental effects
– a Horizon 2020 project
2016-2019Christian Petrich
Project PartnersFinanciers
Finnish Environment Institute
Aarhus University
University of Tartu
Tallinn University of Technology
RWTH Aachen University
University of the Basque Country
NTNU
Greenland Oil Spill Response A/S
SSPA Sweden AB
University of Manitoba
Lamor Corporation Ab
Meritaito Oy
Norut Narvik
EU Horizon 2020
+ project partners

Prosjektbeskrivelse
The project is concerned with the development, comparison and evaluation of efficiency and environmental impact of different methods for remediation and emergency response within oil spill preparedness in a cold climate. The results of the project will be made available for use by international organisations who are planning and performing border-crossing oil spill response collaboration in the Arctic sea region.

More information about the GRACE project is available here


MOSIDEO

Project titleProject Period Contact person
Microscale interaction of oil with sea ice for detection and environmental risk management in sustainable operations
– a Petromaks2 project
2015Christian Petrich
Project partnersFinanciers
Northern Research Institute Narvik AS -lead
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Norwegian Research Council

Project description
The main objective of the research project MOSIDEO is to promote knowledge about the interaction between oil and the ice pore structure in sea ice. In addition the project works on the description of the oil’s behaviour and what influence it has on radar signals. This is a prerequisite for risk analysis and spill response planning of oil spills in regions where sea ice is present.

More information about the MOSIDEO project can be found on the project’s webpage.


SILA

Project titleProject Period Contact person
LKAB – SILA ore unloading & storage facility
– direct contract assignment for LKAB
2015-2019Rune Nilsen
Project partnersFinanciers
Northern Research Institute Narvik AS
LKAB
LKAB
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Project description

The loading facility for the iron ore exporter LKAB «SILA» in Narvik was built in 2009 for loading and storage of iron ore. The ore is transported by train from LKAB’s mines in Kiruna and Malmberget in Northern Sweden. The SILA loading facility consists of 12 underground storage silos. The silos provide storage of thre ore before it is transferred via conveyor belts for loading of the ore ships.

LKAB wish to increase their production of iron ore, this can be assisted by increasing the amount of ore in each railway wagon. As a first step in this production capacity increase it is desired to each the load in each of the 68 ore wagons – which together wit two locomotives form a trainset – from 100 to 100 tonne. This implies that the axle load will increase from 30 to 32,5 tonne. Over each of the 12 silos in the loading facikiuty there are built rail bridges. The unloading of the ore wagons is made with a so-called rolling unloading where the ore is emptied via bottom sluses in the wagons, and further down the loading openings in the bridge surface to the silos.

NORUT Narvik has on assignment from LKAB performed a control of the capacity and lifetime expectancy of the railbridge structure in order to determine if the bridges will be able to handle the heavier trainsets/wagons. As a part of these control studies the critical sections of the railbridges have been ninstrumented with sensors for te measurement of the actual loadings in the railbridges under unloading of the trainsets.

In connection with this project has NORUT together with LKAB also investigated the potential for installation of new rail tracks in the SILA facility. The new solutions are proposed in a form that the rail components have been adapted to the existing structure, as well as that the installation work should interfere as little as possible with the operation of the loading facility. The construction of the new loading facility in SILA will be made in the period June – August 2019.


CIRFA SFI

Project titleProject Period Contact person
Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations
– a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI)
2014-2023Christian Petrich
Project partnersFinanciers
UiT Tromsø; NORCE; Meteorologisk Institutt; Norsk Polarinstitutt
NTNU; NERSC; KSAT; Kongsberg; Equinor; Total; Vår Energi; OMV; AkerBP;
Aker Solutions; Multiconsult; Globesar; Aranica; Maritime Robotics
Northern Research Institute Narvik AS
Forskningsrådet
Troms Fylkeskommune
UiT – The Norwegian Arctic University

Project description
The overall goal of the CIRFA project is that the centre should be a knowledge hub for research and development within Arctic surveillance technology with leading competence within disciplines such as remote measurement, signal processing, radar technology, RPAS-technology, data-assimilation and numerical modelling. CIRFA is based on broad competence within remote measurement, and exploits the significant infrastructure that has been built up in Tromsø over the last decades. The core of the CIRFA team consists of leading senior researchers, PhD students and post-doctorate researchers in addition to industry representatives and innovation experts.

More information about the CIRFA project can be found on the project’s webpage.


Other projects with more details coming later:…

32,5t Axle load for freight trains

Kapasitetsløft – Ba-senter Nord

Deconcrete

BBAK

Digicat

Circulus

Waste Tyre Pyrolysis