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Visit Herøya to find out what is needed to be able to use hydrogen in transport

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Industrial Safari: The North Sea Commission’s transport group, led by Preben Friis-Hauge (on the right), went to Herøya and Grenland on an industrial safari. He is seen here with (from the left) Terje Riis Johansen, Chair of the County Council of Vestfold and Telemark and Sverre Gotaas, Director of Herøya Industripark AS.

"We are going to turn green energy into hydrogen and we are particularly interested in seeing how much infrastructure is needed"

This was said by Preben Friis-Hauge, head of the North Sea Commission's transport group during his recent visit to Herøya.

The North Sea Commission’s transport group, from 27 regions around the North Sea, recently visited Herøya Industrial Park, Norcem and Grenland Harbour. 

See energy conversion in action

"Here at Herøya, we are interested in seeing how the industry is taking energy conversion from concept to policy and further on to practical action," said Preben Friis-Hauge, head of the transport group. 

"We are working hard to switch the fuel used in transport from fossil to electric and green hydrogen and we are interested in seeing how the industry is making the transition in practice between ships, roads and railways in the smartestway possible," said Friis-Hauge.

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The North Sea Commission's transport group, county mayor from Vestfold Telemark, management from Herøya Industripark AS and Green Industry Cluster (GIC).

Particularly interested in infrastructure

He expressed special interest in seeing how much infrastructure hydrogen requires.

"In Denmark, we are working on a project to build energy islands with offshore wind turbines, where wind power will be used to make green hydrogen that will then be transported ashore.  I’m excited to see how to turn green energy into hydrogen, and especially interested in what and how much infrastructure we need to have ready."

Setting up a complete hydrogen supply chain

The North Sea Commission met with management from Herøya Industripark AS, the hydrogen network, Green Industri Cluster, Yara and others, in order to gain insight into the roadmap for a climate-neutral industrial region by 2040, intermodal transport systems and the region’s hydrogen initiative to become a national hydrogen hub.

17 companies from industry, technology, logistics and research are working together to set up a complete hydrogen value chain in Grenland. 

The companies involved in the collaboration are Brevik Engineering, Equinor, Grenland Harbour, Herøya Industripark, HydrogenPro, Hynion, Ineos Bamble, Inovyn, NEL Hydrogen Electrolyser, Nordic Electrofuel, Sintef, Skagerak Energi, Statkraft, Trosvik Maritime, University of South-Eastern Norway, Vekst i Grenland and Yara.

They will work together to set up a complete hydrogen value chain, from renewable power to production, logistics, distribution and sales both to maritime end-users and to other market segments for industrial use and land transport.

We can learn from the industry  

"When I come back to Denmark, I can say – I have been to Porsgrunn in Norway and seen how all the parts work together. I’ve seen how to do it. We can learn from the industry," says Friis-Hauge. 

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In the right place: Terje Riis Johansen, Chair of the County Council of Vestfold and Telemark and collaborating region in the North Sea Commission, believes that the transport group has come to the right place. "For energy conversion, this is the place to come. We believe that we should take a global position, precisely in the field of energy conversion. This is also the right place when it comes to hydrogen and ammonia, with the plans we see that Yara and others have, so this is a major and relevant opportunity for us."

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