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Environmental technology

Speedy production of silicon for solar cells

A growing solar cell industry needs cheaper silicon in increasing amounts. A centrifuge developed in Norway could supply it.

Fishing vessel transformed into a wave power plant

Is it possible for a redundant fishing vessel to be used as a power plant? Absolutely. The first vessel of its kind is now anchored offshore in Norway, with the aim of generating electricity from the natural forces of the sea.

A third industrial revolution for Norway?

Norway’s wealth and prosperity over the last four decades has been built on oil, but will Norway now move towards a greener future that relies on renewable energy, shared transport and ultra-efficient housing?

Creating eco-engines for sustainable shipping

The world’s 15 largest vessels pollute more than all the planet’s cars combined. Researchers are now at work to create engines driven by renewable energy.

The sense and sensibility of carbon capture

The debate about carbon capture is not mainly about how efficient the technology is. The language used by its advocates is just as important.

Emotional connections to products may benefit the environment

The more you like a product, the less likely you are to replace it. If design could generate human affection for products and longer product life spans, it would benefit the environment, according to new research.

Norway funds four green longshots

Giant batteries for storing renewable energy and solar cells that can use more of the light spectrum are among the winning projects that have been awarded additional funding from the Research Council of Norway.

Danes drill deep for geothermal energy

Political determination and natural advantages combine to heat up Denmark's investment in geothermal resources.

Machines are better than people at sorting household trash

Novel technology makes it unnecessary to sort trash at home for recycling. But Norwegian authorities want us to keep doing it anyway.

Lasers catching the wind in rough seas

Wind gauges that use laser beams will soon be tested offshore where gigantic wind farms will operate.