NZTC Lead Stakeholder of MOHN in UK13. March 2023
TNO Lead Stakeholder of MOHN in the Netherlands12. May 2023
The German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce and the Norwegian Hydrogen Forum are the Lead Stakeholders for Norway in the MOHN project. This dual structure will enable project partners to capture precious insights on how to kick start offshore hydrogen in Norway. A workshop will be organized on the 31st of May in Oslo.
Hanne Marit Grønning Strand, Head of Department Stakeholder Relations & Energy at the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce said:
“Offshore hydrogen production in the North Sea can provide a cost-effective and reliable source of energy across borders. Norway has set high ambitions for offshore wind and has significant potential for hydrogen production, making it an ideal location for offshore hydrogen projects. Exchange of knowledge and experience across borders will be essential to further the development of offshore hydrogen as it hasn’t gained much attention yet.
Norway and Germany are close partners within the energy industry and are collaborating to increase production of renewable energy and to develop green industry. The German-Norwegian Chamber of commerce is facilitating platforms where companies can establish lasting networks, exchange ideas, and develop projects which are supporting the political ambitions. We see the MOHN project as an important project and arena, for both us and our network, to understand the potential and challenges of offshore hydrogen.”
Tor Kristian Haldorsen, Lead Advisor Government Relations at the Norwegian Hydrogen Forum, said:
“Offshore hydrogen is an interesting technological opportunity that so far has received little attention in Norway. However, Norway has with its prominent oil and gas industry a long tradition in the development of offshore energy infrastructure and will probably keep this role also in the future. We are now about to build out our offshore wind capacity with 30 GW towards 2040, and there is political agreement to collaborate on developing a value chain for large scale hydrogen exports between Norway and Germany. Further developments both on offshore wind and hydrogen must of course take into account plans and developments in our surrounding countries to develop a holistic and coordinated infrastructure build-out that ensures a well-functioning market for both electricity and hydrogen. Producing hydrogen offshore and transporting it in pipes to the mainland might be the most cost-effective solution in comparison to transporting electricity by cable. It is therefore important for us to understand the potential of offshore electrolysis as well as its challenges.
To us, the MOHN project is an important platform for information sharing across borders. We can learn about and discuss concrete plans for renewable energy and hydrogen development in the countries surrounding the North Sea, as well as get a common understanding of challenges. As a partner, we also wish to contribute with our network and resources to enable the research team to develop valuable insights into how we can accelerate offshore hydrogen in the most effective manner.”