New hydrogen research centre in Norway to spearhead innovation

Hydrogen molecule
The Research Council of Norway is investing more than €20 million in HYDROGENi, a new centre for environment-friendly energy research (FME) dedicated to hydrogen and ammonia. The centre has enlisted a strong cluster of over 50 industrial and academic partners.

Innovation from HYDROGENi’s research is expected to be a key driver of the green shift in Norway, as well as to create jobs and build expertise.

“HYDROGENi will conduct research on how to build a sustainable hydrogen economy and educate competent candidates on an unprecedented scale in Norway,” said Anne Borg, rector at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

The centre will help pave Norway’s way to becoming an exporter of sustainable energy. While led by Nils Røkke, Executive Vice President of Sustainability at SINTEF Energy Research, its activities will be a collaborative effort from over 50 Norwegian and European partners that cover the entire hydrogen value chain.

“The strong support from industry demonstrates the relevance of the centre’s thematic activities, with its unparalleled international network and links, said Røkke. “We aim to establish HYDROGENi as a lighthouse for European research within the area of hydrogen, building upon our sizeable portfolio of EU-funded programmes and initiatives that create true added value.

HYDROGENi will spearhead the research and innovations needed to meet the 2030 and 2050 goals of the Norwegian hydrogen roadmap. Its work to build a sustainable hydrogen economy will focus on four main research areas:

  1. Cost-efficient and scalable production,
  2. Transport and storage in Norway and Europe,
  3. End-use technologies, and
  4. Safety and material integrity.

“We need to build on our natural assets and hard-earned experience and expertise in order to deliver on our stated goals when it comes to hydrogen. Implementing effective and low-footprint hydrogen and ammonia production in energy-intensive sectors, in a manner that is safe and acceptable, will be key,” added Røkke.

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