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A roundtable discussion on green hydrogen in Europe has been going on for a couple of days in Luleå. Representatives from industry, academia and politics from the Nordic countries and Germany participated. Photo: Katarina Karlsson View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Roundtable discussion on green hydrogen in Europe

Published: 24 November 2021

Green hydrogen for transition in Europe has been in focus at roundtable discussions in Luleå for a couple of days. Participants have been stakeholders from politics, industry and academia from Germany, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden – including Rikard Gebart, Professor of Energy Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.

Rikard Gebart is also operations manager of Luleå University of Technology's hydrogen initiative) CH2ESS, with a focus on hydrogen use in industrial processes and energy systems, in close collaboration with Swedish industry.

"It was incredibly inspiring, creative and interesting to be able to discuss green hydrogen for two days with people from different countries who were very well versed in the issue, as for example Thorsten Herbert, Director for Market Development and Public Affairs at NEL, Europe's largest manufacturer of electrolysers. Together with representatives from Finland, we also discussed future collaborations with Northern Sweden in green hydrogen production. Hydrogen can be produced with wind power on both sides of Bottenviken (Botnia Bay)  and a collaboration makes production less weather sensitive and lower the costs", Rikard Gebart says.

Common hydrogen challenges

The purpose of the green hydrogen meeting with the Nordic countries and Germany has been to identify common challenges in order to transforming the industry with the help of green hydrogen (produced without fossil fuels), to drive the transition towards a green hydrogen economy in Europe and to promote co-operation between stakeholders in the Nordic countries and Germany – for a carbon-free Europe. The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung initiated the meeting on green hydrogen, which was held in collaboration with Luleå University of Technology.

The starting point of the discussions was that the industry today takes on a leading role in driving the transition and implementing changes. In this roundtable discussion in Luleå, they therefore discussed, among other things, what kind of political, financial and legal support is needed to scale and speed up innovation around green hydrogen in industry. The focus during the roundtable discussion was therefore:

  • Policy challenges and innovation  to accelerate the transition towards a green hydrogen economy
  • Economical viability of the Green Hydrogen Economy and how to scale up the Implementation in Europe
  •  Regional Development Aspects of the Transition towards a Green Hydrogen Economy

"When it comes to the transition towards a green hydrogen economy in Europe, we must probably be prepared to help each other in green hydrogen production. In this matter, we must think of Europe as our "together owned house", if we are to succeed in reducing total carbon dioxide emissions according to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)", Rikard Gebart says.


Rikard Gebart

Rikard Gebart, Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 492196
Organisation: Energy Engineering, Energy Science, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics