Nel and Statkraft give boost to hydrogen value chain in Norway

Norway’s hydrogen technology company Nel and supplier of renewable energy Statkraft have partnered up on green hydrogen in Norway and signed a contract for 40 MW electrolysers.

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The companies said the electrolyser stacks will be produced at Nel’s manufacturing plant at Herøya and used for the production of renewable hydrogen in one of Statkraft’s many hydrogen projects.

“We are determined that we will contribute towards making Norway a leading producer of renewable hydrogen, and to establish an eco-system of electrolyser and equipment suppliers,” said Nel’s CEO Håkon Volldal and Statkraft CEO Christian Rynning-Tønnesen.

Statkraft said it has the ambition to accelerate its annual development rate to 4 GW of new power production per year and to add 2 GW of renewable hydrogen production by 2030.

In regards to Norway, Statkraft noted it will strengthen its efforts in developing new renewable power production as well as flexibility within hydropower and wind power both on- and offshore.

“The contract with Nel is the first important step in materialising our ambitious target of 2 GW of green hydrogen and securing production capacity for our diverse pipeline of hydrogen projects,” said Rynning-Tønnesen.

Volldal said: “We are extremely proud that they (Statkraft) have elected us as a supplier of green hydrogen technology. With this and other orders, Nel is strengthening its position as a leading supplier and exporter of hydrogen equipment, which is crucial for the green transition in Europe and beyond, and for the development of new green jobs in Norway.”

The announcement follows German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck’s visit to Nel’s fully automated electrolyser manufacturing facility at Herøya in Norway where the attendees also included the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre and Minister of Energy and Petroleum Terje Lien Aasland.

“It is encouraging that leading Norwegian players such as Nel and Statkraft are planning value chains for green hydrogen in Norway. This is an important step in the right direction to achieve our ambitions to build a coherent value chain for hydrogen and facilitate the production of hydrogen with no or low emissions to cover the national demand for hydrogen,” said Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Aasland.

As part of its hydrogen-related projects, Nel has also partnered up with German HH2E for two 60 MW electrolyser plants in Germany.

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