17 June 2021
The Norwegian Government published its policy plan for Norwegian industry and energy in its report “Energy for work – long-term value creation from Norwegian energy resources” (Report. St. 36 (2020–2021)). As part of the report, the Government presented a roadmap for hydrogen, relevant for the maritime sector.
The government launched its hydrogen strategy in June 2020 and is now following up with a roadmap for hydrogen with direction and ambition for development in the production and use of hydrogen in Norway in a five-, ten- and 30-year perspective.
By 2025, the Government will facilitate the establishment of hydrogen hubs in maritime transport, industrial projects with associated production facilities and several pilot projects for the development and demonstration of new and more cost-effective hydrogen solutions and technologies in collaboration with private actors.
In addition, the government will strengthen research, development and demonstration of new hydrogen solutions and technologies with strong business relevance by establishing a separate research center (FME) in hydrogen and ammonia. The government also announced in the revised national budget that an additional NOK 100 million will be allocated to the hydrogen investment, including funds for the establishment of such a research center.
The Norwegian government will:
1. towards 2025 facilitate that in collaboration with private actors can
– establishes five hydrogen hubs for maritime transport, with opportunities for the development of associated land transport solutions based on hydrogen
– one to two industrial projects are established with associated production facilities for hydrogen, with the intention of demonstrating value chains with global dispersal potential
– five to ten pilot projects are established for the development and demonstration of new and more cost-effective hydrogen solutions and technologies
2. strengthen research, development and demonstration of new hydrogen solutions and technologies with strong business relevance by establishing a separate research center (FME) in hydrogen and ammonia
3. towards 2030 contribute to a development that makes it possible
– a network of geographically dispersed and demand-based hydrogen hubs in line with the supply of vessels and vehicles
– that hydrogen vessels are a competitive and safe alternative for shipping in Norwegian waters and short sea shipping areas
– realization of full-scale hydrogen projects in industry with significant diversification potential for Europe and the rest of the world
– that the use of hydrogen is a competitive alternative to fossil energy use that the Norwegian hydrogen business is linked to the development of a market for hydrogen in Europe in the form of exports of goods and services
4. carry out an assessment of new instruments such as “Contracts for difference” aimed at the realization of large industrial projects such as large-scale production and use of hydrogen.