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Joakim Cecilia CH2ESS

Takes the lead for two large Nordic hydrogen projects

Published: 30 June 2023

Luleå University of Technology leads two of five recently granted research projects in the area of fossil-free hydrogen on the Nordic energy market. The two projects examine, among other things, Nordic ports as hydrogen hubs in energy system solutions and ways out of today's obstacles to implementing hydrogen in the Nordics. The research projects take place within the Joint Nordic Hydrogen Research Programme, which is financed by Nordic Energy Research, focuses on hydrogen research that benefits the entire Nordic region. The Swedish parties are financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.

"We are very keen to get started with these projects. Together with our partners, we want to contribute with greatly increased knowledge about, among other things, safety issues, underground storage, business plans for energy supply and how permit processes for hydrogen can be made more efficient. That the benefit should be spread directly to relevant actors throughout the Nordics and also include exchange with our various authorities, feels extra fun and important" says Cecilia Wallmark, operations manager for the CH2ESS hydrogen initiative at Luleå University of Technology.

In the project Hydrogen, Ammonia, and Methanol in Hydrogen Hubs in the Nordic Region, H2AMN with a budget of approx. 18 MSEK, 11 parties from Sweden, Norway and Iceland are included. The Hydrogen Safety and Improved Permit Processes, H2SIPP project has a budget of SEK 18 million and has 14 parties from Sweden, Finland and Norway.

The H2AMN project, led by Joakim Lundgren, professor of energy science, will increase knowledge about the possibilities for Nordic ports to function as energy hubs in hydrogen-based energy system solutions. The study includes, among other things, the possibilities for marine applications and analyzes of symbioses with surrounding local energy companies and industries. Storage of hydrogen in various forms must also be studied based on technical conditions and rock mechanics.

The H2SIPP project, led by Cecilia Wallmark, operations manager for the hydrogen initiative CH2ESS at Luleå University of Technology, studies how different types of obstacles to the implementation of hydrogen in the Nordic countries can be overcome, with a focus on permit processes, acceptance and hydrogen safety. Within the project, material and reliability analyzes in the form of non-destructive testing will be carried out. The results will form the basis of a strategic plan within the safety and permit perspective for the Nordic region with the aim of maintaining leadership and benefiting from the technology developed so far in hydrogen gas for many years to come.