About HYDROGENi

HYDROGENi will spearhead the research and innovations needed to fulfil the 2030 and 2050 visions of the Norwegian hydrogen roadmap.

Background

Previously, hydrogen’s (H2) role in the energy transition was thought to be a “clean” alternative to fossil fuels in heat and electricity production. However, due to its versatility, it can also replace fossil fuels in both other industrial processes, such as coal in the steel industry, and in transport applications, such as the maritime sector. Therefore, H2 is now considered to be one of the main drivers of the green shift.

The Norwegian Government’s hydrogen strategy emphasises clean hydrogen as essential for achieving the ambitious national and international emissions targets set for 2050, and providing a transition strategy for an energy-rich country. The strategy defines clean hydrogen as H2 produced from renewable energy (‘green’ hydrogen), or natural gas with carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS) (‘blue hydrogen’). Globally, there are significant ambitions linked to the increased usage of H2 in the energy mix and as an input factor in industrial processes.

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In June 2021, the Norwegian Government published its H2 roadmap, defining further steps, including ambitions for developing the H2 market in Norway in the next 5-10 years and a vision towards 2050.

HYDROGENi will spearhead the research and innovations needed to fulfil both the 2030 and 2050 visions of this road map.

About the Centre

The centre’s work to build a sustainable hydrogen economy will focus on four main research areas:

In order to realise H2’s full potential, there are numerous knowledge and technical gaps that need to be filled. As such, HYDROGENi’s activities are a collaborative effort from over 50 Norwegian and European partners from both research and industry that cover the entire H2 value chain. In addition, HYDROGENi will have the largest ever academic research programme in an FME, and aims to educate 35 PhD/postdoc students and over 100 MSc/BSc candidates.
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HYDROGENi is a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME). FMEs seek to develop expertise and promote innovation through focus on long-term research in selected areas of environment-friendly energy. There are currently 11 centres within renewable energy, energy efficiency, social sciences and CO2 management. The research activity is carried out in close cooperation between prominent research communities and users. Each centre operates for eight years.

HyValue

HYDROGENi is one of two centres that received funding as a hydrogen FME. HyValue is a hydrogen centre led by the Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE). Chief Scientist Fionn Iversen is the centre director.

HYDROGENi Centre Director Nils Røkke (SINTEF) and HyValue Centre Director Fionn Iversen (NORCE) with their official FME plaques at the Centres' kick-off.
HYDROGENi Centre Director Nils Røkke (SINTEF) and HyValue Centre Director Fionn Iversen (NORCE) with their official FME plaques at the Centres' kick-off.

HyValue will develop develop knowledge, methodology, and innovative solutions for H2 energy carriers, and focus on addressing five key challenges:

  1. How can we produce H2 and ammonia (NH3) with minimum energy loss and at a lower cost?
  2. How can we create a safe and resilient transport and distribution system for H2-based fuels?
  3. How can we develop end-user applications for H2-based energy carriers?
  4. How can we stimulate investments and build systems with acceptable risk for all stakeholders?
  5. How can we build public trust and confidence in a H2 economy?

 

A relationship between HYDROGENi and HyValue has already developed, with a focus on potential collaboration opportunities in the future.