In the state budget for 2022, the government will increase support for research and development in hydrogen and ammonia, by establishing a separate research center. The center will receive an annual grant from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy of NOK 30 million for up to eight years, a total of NOK 240 million (24M Euros)
The research center will develop innovative solutions within hydrogen and ammonia, and will start up in early 2022. The establishment will take place through the FME scheme (research center for environmentally friendly energy) in the Research Council of Norway.
“Development and use of hydrogen solutions can contribute to both green value creation and emission reductions in Norway. Globally, a lot is happening in this area and a strong investment can create great value for Norwegian business and industry. So far, we have lacked a broad and unifying research center for hydrogen. We get that now,” says Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru.
The goal is to bring together strong research environments and a large number of user partners from the business community in a targeted, joint initiative. The center will work holistically with hydrogen from both natural gas and from renewable energy, and the use of hydrogen and ammonia for energy, mobility and industrial purposes.
The government will also continue the allocation for infrastructure and market development for hydrogen of NOK 100 million over the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy’s budget in 2022. The funds will be allocated to the Research Council of Norway, which will collaborate with Enova to support several pilot and demonstration projects. hydrogen.
-“We will continue our focus on infrastructure, with a focus on hubs and supply chains that will facilitate market development and commercial use of hydrogen. These are bottlenecks that must be resolved to trigger a Norwegian hydrogen market, says Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru.
The appropriations in the hydrogen area are a follow-up of the government’s hydrogen strategy from June 2020 and the Storting report ‘Energy for work’ , which came in June 2021. In the report , the government presented a roadmap for hydrogen. The roadmap indicates the direction and ambitions for development in the production, distribution and use of hydrogen in Norway over the next five to ten years and a vision towards 2050.