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

Within key innovation ecosystems in the maritime sector and the process industry, NORCE have taken key positions in the regional, national and international hydrogen economy. Working inter-disciplinary across the hydrogen value chain our key contributions focus on how to enable and speed up the green energy transition with hydrogen as one of the key components in the renewable energy systems. We help stakeholders with the insight, modelling and monitoring needed to understand, validate and make informed decisions on viable developments and investments. Our support for innovative, safe, resilient and trusted solutions is integral part of the research.

Nora Stray

Modellering og simulering Research Director Modelling and Simulation - Kristiansand


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Biohydrogen, 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.

Geological storage of hydrogen

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.

Distribution of hydrogen

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.

Hydrogen in metallurgical industry

Hydrogen in the energy system, including hydrogen for backup power

Microbial use of hydrogen and fermentation

We explore and test the use of industrial gases (CO2 and CO) together with hydrogen to produce valuable products during microbial fermentation.

Public acceptance of hydrogen technologies

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.

Hydrogen in the CCSU value chain

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