Cost-efficient and scalable production

Enabling cost-effective and large-scale H2 and NH3 production technologies

Research area lead: Marie-Laure Fontaine, SINTEF Industry

Background: The investment cost for green hydrogen (H2) production is currently too high. In addition, the current ramp up of the clean H2 economy is too slow to significantly contribute to climate targets. Furthermore, there is a limited understanding of the synergies between ammonia (NH3) production or cracking and the clean H2 value chain.


Research Area 1 (RA1) aims to develop the necessary technologies for enabling cost-effective and large-scale H2 and NH3 production technologies


Applying a technology-neutral approach to clean H2 and NH3 production will enable the scale-up of production capacity needed for domestic use and export.

Engineer checking a valve at a hydrogen tank.

Green H2 production

WP 1.1 – Materials and manufacturing for optimum performance and durability, efficiency and dynamic behaviour of electrolysers, and design, operation and process integration of large-scale electrolysers.

Lead: Anders Ødegård, SINTEF Industry

Blue H2 production

WP 1.2 – Reforming concepts, smelter off-gas handling, and advanced H2/CO2 separation technologies.

Lead: Antonio Oliveira, IFE

NH3 production and cracking

WP 1.3 – Integrated production, NH3-cracking catalysts, and membrane-enhanced NH3 cracking.

Lead: Bjørn Christian Enger, SINTEF Industry

Anticipated results

  • Scale-up and integration of efficient, durable, large-scale electrolysers
  • Reactor and separation/capture technologies for cost-optimised blue H2 production
  • Improved and dynamic production and cracking technologies for NH3