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    Norway is focusing on exporting hydrogen technology to Germany.

    The initiative forms part of Innovation Norway’s High Potential Opportunities (HPO) programme for major export initiatives. The aim is to position the Norwegian industry towards the hydrogen developments in Germany with focus on the maritime sector in the Northern States. 

    The build-up of a carbon-neutral hydrogen economy is supported with 9 billion Euros by the government, following the German hydrogen strategy. Northern Germany will become an important hydrogen region due to its high renewable energy production and high demand for hydrogen from the industry. 

    Major projects 

    Norwegian enterprises have opportunities to win major contracts in these areas: 

    • AquaVentus on the island Helgoland: feasibility studies, R&D, prototypes from 2023 and projects within production, transport, pipelines and shipping 
    • Hamburg: decarbonization of the harbour and aircraft industry 
    • Rostock: “Energy port” – construction and operation of electrolysis capaciity in the seaport to produce green ammonia 
    • Green shipping initiatives and projects 

    Norwegian solutions 

    Hydrogen is essential to support the EU’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and for the global effort to implement the Paris Agreement while working towards zero emission. The use of hydrogen as energy carrier is in an initial phase, but with Norway’s long traditions within hydrogen and ample access to renewable power and relevant competence Norway is well positioned to take a leading role in boosting this market. 

    Within the following areas Norway has competitive advantage: 

    • Manufacturing of electrolyzers 
    • Manufacturing of storage equipment 
    • Manufacturing of systems solutions 
    • Manufacturing of hydrogen for maritime transport 
    • Manufacturing of hydrogen for industrial use 
    • Technology provider 
    • Safety solutions for hydrogen handling  

    Norwegian companies and clusters have expertise through several hydrogen projects. So far, several key Norwegian companies have expressed interests in the German projects covering different areas of technology:  

    Corvus Energy, Aker Clean Hydrogen, HAV Hydrogen, TechnipFMC, BKK, ZEG, Norwegian Hydrogen, Gasnor and Teco2030. In addition, the key Hydrogen related clusters have expressed keen interests in the German projects. 

    Team Norway 

    HPO projects bring together Norway’s entire business support system and other members of Team Norway. Norwegian enterprises receive help from Innovation Norway’s regional and international offices, embassies, Export Finance Norway, NORWEP, chambers of commerce and other partners as needed. 

    Team Norway contributes through a bespoke package of services based on the opportunities in the market and business needs. The activities range from political dialogue, financing, networking and marketing to advice for individual enterprises in the market. 

    The contributors to the Germany project include: 

    • Norwegian embassy in Germany 
    • Norwep: in Norway and local market consultants 
    • Norwegian Hydrogen Forum, H2 Cluster, Ocean Hyway, Hub for Ocean, Maritime CleanTech, Blue Maritime Cluster 

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