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The NORCE-led center, HyValue, will develop knowledge, methodology, and innovative solutions for hydrogen energy carriers. The Research Council of Norway allocates NOK 15 million annually for 8 years to the center, which will be a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME).
All sectors must contribute to achieving the goals of emission reduction in 2030 and climate neutrality in 2050. Hydrogen-based solutions for the energy sector can play a key role, but several grand challenges remain.
- Congratulations to the research communities in NORCE and all our partners on the award. A holistic approach is needed to address the remaining challenges in the hydrogen energy sector. We are now looking forward to starting this work, together with research partners and industry, says Kristin Wallevik, CEO of NORCE.
We are now looking forward to starting this work, together with research partners and industry.
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In HyValue, NORCE and partners will address the challenges, among other things, through the development of new production methods, increased knowledge of risk assessment, and new methodologies for analyzing societal acceptance.
- We need an emission-free energy carrier. Hydrogen-based energy carriers, such as hydrogen and ammonia, will be central when the Norwegian industry shall reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, says Fionn Iversen, centre manager of HyValue and researcher at NORCE.
HyValue has a broad approach that includes technical solutions, financial incentives, regulations, social and environmental impact, and risk.
- Cooperation with the industry is essential. Through research and development of new methods, we will help lay the foundation for a hydrogen energy sector. This might, for example, be more efficient methods for the hydrogen and ammonia production, says Iversen.
The center will, among other things, develop marine technology related to hydrogen, such as how to transport hydrogen and how to operate hydrogen ferries safely.
The initiators and national research partners are Energiomstilling Vest (EOV), which consists of the University of Bergen (UiB), Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Centre for Applied Research, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), and NORCE, together with the University of Stavanger (UiS), Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), and the Institute of Transport Economics (TØI). International research partners: Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Imperial College London (ICL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Monash University (Monash U), Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). In addition, there are partners from the industry, as well as regulative bodies.
The regional composition is broad, with partners from, among others, Agder, Rogaland, and Vestland. HyValue is happy to bring in more industry partners, as well.
- The government has big ambitions for Norway to take the lead in technology development for hydrogen and hydrogen-based energy carriers. We believe this can lay the foundation for building a new industry, cutting emissions, and creating new jobs in Norway, says Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Aasland, in a video greeting to NORCE.
- To turn our ambitions into results, I have great faith in the work you will do in the new research center. We need all good forces to play together, the research communities, the authorities, and industry included. Congratulations! says Aasland.
The purpose of the call is to establish a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) specializing in clean hydrogen and hydrogen-based energy carriers, including ammonia. The FME will reinforce and coordinate research and innovation efforts in this field.
Researchers at the center will work to generate solutions for safe, sustainable, and cost-effective production, transport, storage, distribution, and use of clean hydrogen and hydrogen-based energy carriers. Clean hydrogen is produced from renewable energy or fossil energy combined with carbon capture and storage.
(Norwegian research Council)
The expected total budget for the new hydrogen center HyValue will be close to 300 MNOK, when combining contributions from both NFR and partners: