One of the cornerstones of a sustainable, reliable and emission-free energy system

The development and use of hydrogen-based solutions can contribute to both value creation and significant emission cuts, and is a priority area of the government.

NORCE heads the national hydrogen centre, HyValue, which will develop knowledge, methodology and innovative solutions for hydrogen energy carriers. The centre has a broad regional composition with partners from Agder, Rogaland and Vestland, as well as major national industrial players. HyValue is happy to bring in more industry partners.

NORCE works in particular on innovation and cost-effectiveness in hydrogen technology. We also conduct research on societal aspects related to starting to use hydrogen. We exploit our broad and interdisciplinary expertise to conduct research and development on the entire hydrogen value chain.

Fionn Iversen

Bore og brønnmodellering Chief Scientist - Bergen

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We also conduct research on integrated systems to reduce energy demand inside and outside the value chain.

  • Hydrogen for maritime transport: We are conducting research with the aim of achieving hydrogen-powered vessels with energy-efficient operation. NORCE also supports the industry in developing infrastructure for testing and qualification of the entire value chain in which liquid hydrogen is used for maritime transport.
  • Underground storage: Underground storage in geological formations is one of the options for storing H2 on a large scale. Depleted gas and oil reservoirs, artificial salt caves, deep aquifers, hard rock caves and abandoned mines are possible storage sites. For all these areas, we need to better understand the processes and consequences involved in the storage of hydrogen, including microbial consumption, chemical reactions, physical flow properties and geological suitability. At NORCE, we have the necessary expertise to carry out field-specific and general research for the development of underground storage sites.
  • Microbial hydrogen production: Many different microbes can produce hydrogen, and these grow on a variety of different substrates, waste and raw materials. We want to understand which growth conditions and waste types are the most beneficial for efficient microbial production of hydrogen. We are therefore also investigating the possibility of activating bacteria in underground structures that are relevant for existing reservoirs.
  • Microbial use of hydrogen: We explore and test the use of industrial gases (CO2 and CO) together with hydrogen to produce valuable products during microbial fermentation.
  • Societal acceptance of hydrogen technologies: Hydrogen has the potential to contribute to the decarbonisation of many areas of industry and transport, and is something that will affect many of us. Our goal is to assess and communicate environmental and health risks associated with the use of hydrogen, while at the same time trying to maximise societal benefits.
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