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650-Foot Wind Turbines for the North Sea

By Gemini News 2017-11-03 19:21:24

[By Ingvil Snøfugl] Research scientists at SINTEF are collaborating with industry to find ways of building wind turbines up to 200 metres high. The largest wind turbines currently operating in the North Sea have an output of around six megawatts....

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Controlling Problem Ice - By Cracking It

By Gemini News 2017-10-10 21:03:05

[By Nancy Bazilchuk] Most efforts to control ice build-up on structures like wind turbines and solar cells involve creating a surface that repels water. But Norwegian researchers have engineered a different approach that allows ice to form on a surface,...

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Shock Testing Paves the Way for Floating Tunnels

By Gemini News 2017-07-16 17:39:15

[By Albert H. Collett] Concrete can tolerate much more force that previously believed, which could open the door to a new kind of road structure: a floating tunnel. The E39 is a nearly 1100-km long coastal road that crosses seven...

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Designing the Largest Seaweed Cultivation Vessel

By Gemini News 2017-05-01 20:03:12

  A new vessel for commercial seaweed production is currently being developed by researchers in Trondheim, in close collaboration with business partners from a variety of sectors. The vessel, which is still only on the drawing board, will be designed for...

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Finding Life and Farming Minerals Deep Under the Sea

By Gemini News 2017-04-28 19:24:04

[By Nancy Bazilchuk and Anne Sliper Midling] Japanese researchers have access to the largest scientific vessel ever constructed, one that has a 120 metre tall derrick capable of drilling to 7500 metres below the seafloor. They’re using it to hunt for life deep...

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Better Dynamic Positioning for Operations in Ice

By Gemini News 2017-04-24 21:00:39

[By Grete Wolden] How can ships travelling in the Arctic maintain their position when ice pushes them in different directions? Travelling in ice-choked waters can be a daunting affair. Ocean ice is treacherous and constantly moving. Icebergs can drift in...

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Crushing Ice to Save Offshore Structures

By Gemini News 2017-02-13 17:37:11

It’s been a warm winter on Svalbard this year. But this doesn’t apply to the laboratory where Niek Heijkoop works. There it’s a stable -10 degrees Celsius. Heijkoop’s goal is to figure out how ice affects built structures, and vice versa,...

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Could Svalbard's Electric Power Come From Hydrogen?

By Gemini News 2017-02-11 22:47:09

[By Svein Tønseth] Longyearbyen, the world’s most northerly city, could save more than $11.5 million US dollars a year in the cost of electricity if a completely green hydrogen-fuelled power station is built instead of laying a cable from the mainland, according to...

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Putting Bluefin Tuna Back on the Menu - by Farming Them

By Gemini News 2017-02-02 21:46:41

[By Nancy Bazilchuk and Anne Sliper Midling] Oshima Experiment Station, Japan — Professor Tokihiko Okada dug his shovel into a bucket of dead mackerel and heaved the fish into a 30-metre net pen suspended in the placid blue waters of the Pacific. When the...

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Preventing LNG Accidents Using Physics

By Gemini News 2017-02-01 15:37:23

Eskil Aursand is working to make marine production and shipping of liquefied natural gas (LNG) safer. His efforts were recently recognized with the award of a Fulbright Scholarship. While natural gas is a fossil fuel, it is the...

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