Sist oppdatert: May 5, 2022

Hydrogen is a universal energy carrier and will be one of corner stone’s towards a sustainable, reliable, and secure energy system. As stated in The Norwegian Government´s hydrogen strategy, the development and use of hydrogen-based solutions can contribute to both value
creation and important emission cuts.

NORCE is working on hydrogen technologies to drive and develop them further and reduce the involved costs. We can build on our broad and inter-disciplinary competences to drive research and development on topics across the hydrogen value chain.

The hydrogen value chain.

Hydrogen in the energy system, including H2 for backup power

Integrating hydrogen into the existing energy network is one of the key challenges within the energy transition.

We conduct theoretical and practical research on the topic of energy systems integration, which is connected to the value chain itself but also its interaction with other systems (for example “waste energy”).

Other topics include research on integrated systems to reduce the energy demand within and outside the value chain.

Main contacts: Antonie Oosterkamp, Peter Breuhaus

Hydrogen for maritime transport

Hydrogen fuel for the maritime sector is seen as a necessary part of the solution to achieve the ambitions set by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) on zero emissions for transport with large energy needs and over long distances, or in areas with limited grid capacity which are not practically possible to electrify with batteries.

We are doing research for achieving hydrogen powered vessels with energy efficient operation. NORCE is also supporting the industry in developing infrastructure for testing and qualifying of the entire value chain where liquid hydrogen is used for maritime transport.

Main contact: Fionn Iversen

Underground storage

Underground storage in geological formations is one of the options for large-scale H2 storage.

For H2 storage in the subsurface depleted gas reservoirs, depleted oil reservoirs, artificial salt caverns, deep aquifers, hard rock caverns, and abandoned mines are available and each one of them requires better understanding on processes and H2-specific effects. These include microbial consumption, chemical reactions, physical flow properties, geological suitability.

Within NORCE we have all necessary competence to conduct field-specific and general research to develop underground storage sites.

Main contacts: Nicole Dopffel, Bartek Vik, Roman Berenblyum


Microbial hydrogen production

Many different microbes can produce hydrogen, growing on a variety of different substrates, wastes and feedstocks. We want to understand which growth conditions and what waste types are the most favourable for efficient microbial hydrogen production.

As these microbes are everywhere, we are also looking into the possibility to activate bacteria in subsurface structures like reservoirs.

Main contact: Nicole Dopffel

Microbial use of hydrogen

Hydrogen is an important energy carrier not only for humans but also for microbes. When added as substrate to a fermentation, the microbial growth can be significantly improved.

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

Main contact: Susanne Gitlesen

Public acceptance of hydrogen technologies

Hydrogen has the potential to decarbonize many areas of industry and transport and will have a major influence on many people’s lives. We aim to assess and communicate the environmental and health risks of hydrogen while maximizing its societal benefit.


Prototech: Fuel cells and electrolyzers

Electrolysis of water is the process of using electricity to decompose water into oxygen and hydrogen gas and fuel cells will use the chemical energy to again generate electricity. Combining these technologies gives the opportunity to store electricity in form of hydrogen, which can be transported and used much easier. Together with our colleagues from Prototech, we want to improve the hydrogen use, hydrogen technology and understand energy efficiency.

Read more about Prototech’s hydrogen and fuel cells activities.

Gexcon: Safety and accident investigation

Our partner company Gexcon is world leading expert on assessing and developing hydrogen safety aspects from specific technical aspects to development of general guidelines and failure analysis.

Read more about Gexcon’s hydrogen activities.