The project NoICE - Nordic Icing Center of Expertise intends to create a permanent competence center, which will focus on minimizing problems related to atmospheric icing in the Botnia-Atlantica region.
Building the foundation for this competence center is the primary goal of the NoICE project, as is preparing for the Center's future. The center's work is to address problems with atmospheric and precipitation icing experienced by the private and public sector in the Botnia-Atlantica area.
A secondary goal is to carry out knowledge transfer of icing by supporting local industry with course activities and training opportunities with focus on anti-icing and de-icing technologies. NoICE contracts with local economic development groups to build a broad communication network between stakeholders affected by icing problems. The center then uses these business networks as primary channels to the industries and as a way to get feedback regarding specific problems related to icing. One final step is to establish a plan for how the center should live on and be further developed after project completion.
The cold climate causes various problems for Nordic companies and organizations. Wintertime icing causes some systems to function abnormally or not at all. This in turn might cause increased operating and maintenance expenses. So far there is no overall structure working to solve problems related to to wintertime icing in the concerned region. As a result of this problem solving is not systematically practiced and recent progress within related research has not been fully implemented in industry. NoICE will gather existing and develop new research related to problems caused by wintertime icing and implement it on key-industries. This knowledge will then be shared with project stake holders e.g. within the business networks.
The project period is 9/2018-8/2021.