Nils Røkke
HYDROGENi Centre Director Nils Røkke gives a speech at the Centre's first technical meeting.

HYDROGENi Holds First Technical Meeting in Trondheim

On Thursday 22 September, a number of HYDROGENi’s partners gathered together in Trondheim for the first time to discuss their plans and goals for the Centre.

HYDROGENi Centre Director Nils Røkke opened with a speech welcoming the partners to Trondheim, outlining the meeting agenda, and commenting on what hydrogen (and HYDROGENi) can contribute to a more sustainable future.

“We’re on the same team here, we want to do something new, we want to create breakthrough solutions, which will result in establishing the hydrogen economy,” he said.

Nils also acknowledged HYDROGENi’s sibling centre, HyValue:

“I’m really happy that there were actually two centres that were granted for this hydrogen FME, and I am also happy to say that we have developed good relationships with HyValue at the management level, but also in terms of the formal kick-off, which will be common for both centres.”

Nils Røkke
Centre Director Nils Røkke at the first HYDROGENi technical meeting.

Following Nils’ speech, representatives from Norwegian Hydrogen, Kongsberg Maritime and Yara each gave a technical presentation to the consortium on how their work with hydrogen as well as their expectations in terms of both HYDROGENi as a research centre and what they hope to gain from their involvement in it.

Kåre Nerem and Kaushik Jayasayee
Kåre Nerem and Kaushik Jayasayee present Norwegian Hydrogen at the HYDROGENi technical meeting.
Lars Petter Nygaard
Lars Petter Nygaard presents Kongsberg Maritime at the HYDROGENi technical meeting.
Bente Vigeland
Bente Vigeland presents Yara at the HYDROGENi technical meeting.

Hilde Venvik then took to the stage to introduce HYDROGENi’s integrated capacity building programme. HYDROGENi has a goal of establishing the largest ever academic research programme in an FME by educating 35 PhD/postdoc students and over 100 MSc/BSc candidates. Open PhD positions are advertised on our website.

Hilde Venvik
Hilde Venvik presents HYDROGENi’s academic programme on behalf of NTNU.

Following lunch, participants were split into different meetings according to their Research Area (RA) for RA-specific introductions and discussions, before coming back into the main room, where the RA leads summarised their talks.

Stefania Gardarsdottir, Marie-Laure Fontaine, Petter Nekså, Øystein Ulleberg, Nicola Paltrinieri and Kyrre Sundseth
Centre Manager and Coordinator Stefania Gardarsdottir (SINTEF Energy Research) introduces RA1 Lead Marie-Laure Fontaine (SINTEF), RA2 Lead Petter Nekså (SINTEF), RA3 Lead Øystein Ulleberg (IFE), RA4 Lead Nicola Paltrinieri (NTNU) and Coordinator Kyrre Sundseth (SINTEF).
Marie-Laure Fontaine, Petter Nekså, Øystein Ulleberg, Nicola Paltrinieri and Kyrre Sundseth
Marie-Laure Fontaine, Petter Nekså, Øystein Ulleberg, Nicola Paltrinieri and Kyrre Sundseth present at the technical meeting.

HYDROGENi Coordinator Trond Johnsen from SINTEF Ocean then reviewed the project’s user cases. The user cases are part of the Centre’s Integrating Activity, and will demonstrate the potential impact of new concepts, methods and technologies developed in HYDROGENi. There are currently three user cases, but more are anticipated to be developed over the course of the Centre.

Trond Johnsen
Coordinator Trond Johnsen (SINTEF) receps the three user cases at the technical meeting.

Finally, Coordinator Kyrre Sundseth from SINTEF Industry took to the stage to summarise the day and adjourn the meeting.

Kyrre Sundseth
Coordinator Kyrre Sundseth (SINTEF) adjourns the technical meeting.

Thank you to everyone who attended for a successful and productive first technical meeting! We are looking forward to officially starting work with you following the Centre’s formal opening in Oslo on 5 October.

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