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ColdTech - Sustainable Cold Climate Technology

- ColdTech is a 7-year project under the NORDSATSING program contributing to sustainable development of northern Norway. It is led by Norut Narvik with main consortium partner Narvik University College (NUC).

- ColdTech aims to ensure that skills required to tackle the particular challenges of Arctic technology are at the forefront of the respective disciplines and available in the North.

- ColdTech is active in education and works together with local, national, and international companies and research partners to identify challenges, develop practical solutions, and to drive the field forward though state-of-the-art research.

- ColdTech provides opportunities to conduct proof-of-concept studies to seed larger spin-off activities.

- ColdTech focuses on the areas of Winterization, Ice Forces, Atmospheric Icing, and their Applications. Apart from supporting research, publication, and attendance at international conferences, new research connections with the National Research Council (NRC) Canada and the Cryospheric Environment Laboratory, Snow and Ice Research Center in Japan have been forged in the areas of ice mechanics, atmospheric icing and winterization.

- ColdTech initiated an international network on safe and sustainable operations in seasonally sea ice-covered waters (OpSIce), bringing together practitioners from maritime operations with international researchers. Ph.D. activities on frost in ground have led to the development of procedures and full-scale tests of winter concreting of power mast foundations jointly with Statnett, HeatWork, and local contractors. This work has further inspired the development of the network "Concrete and Construction in Cold Climate" under the lead of VISINOR Rehab AS and including northern Norwegian contractors and ColdTech R&D partners. Work on ice loads on hydropower dams has been conducted jointly with Statkraft and NVE to improve the predictability of ice loads in Norway. Ph.D. research at NUC on atmospheric icing detection has led to a patent. Three field expeditions into the Barents Sea were performed onboard KV Svalbard to measure ice properties, ship performance in ice, and test de-icing strategies.

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