HYDROGENi will spearhead the research and innovations needed to fulfil the 2030 and 2050 visions of the Norwegian hydrogen roadmap.
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.
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:
HyValue will develop develop knowledge, methodology, and innovative solutions for H2 energy carriers, and focus on addressing five key challenges:
- How can we produce H2 and ammonia (NH3) with minimum energy loss and at a lower cost?
- How can we create a safe and resilient transport and distribution system for H2-based fuels?
- How can we develop end-user applications for H2-based energy carriers?
- How can we stimulate investments and build systems with acceptable risk for all stakeholders?
- 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.