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Thursday, October 21, 2021 

Norwegian cleantech company Teco 2030 has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with UiT - The Arctic University of Norway to cooperate on enhancing research and education in Norway on hydrogen and fuel cells.

The agreement is with UiT’s Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, which offers courses in hydrogen and fuel cells, and is based in Narvik in northern Norway, in the same city where Teco 2030 is currently working to set up Norway’s first large-scale production of hydrogen fuel cells. The Teco 2030 Innovation centre in Narvik will be a combined factory and innovation centre. Here, Teco 2030 will produce hydrogen fuel cells, developed in conjunction with AVL of Austria, that are specifically designed for use on ships and other heavy-duty applications. 

Prof Bjørn-Reidar Sørensen, head of the Department of Building, Energy and Material Technology at UiT, said: “Contributing to the development of sustainable energy solutions for land and sea transport is central in the research and development work we do at our faculty, and for us, fuel cell solutions that use hydrogen as an energy carrier are of particular interest. We are looking forward to cooperating with Teco 2030. Our goal is that we, through our cooperation with Teco 2030, can also contribute to increase the value creation in the north. We have extensive experience in working closely together with business and industry, and we are today providing students with an education that can be used directly in Teco 2030’s work. We will also be able to adapt our study offer according to the specific needs of Teco 2030.”

As part of the agreement, Teco 2030 will contribute to improving UiT’s research and education in the field of hydrogen fuel cells. Teco 2030 will give UiT researchers and students the opportunity to use the fuel cell element testing facilities at the TECO 2030 Innovation centre during periods when they are not used in the production of fuel cells.

Teco 2030 and UiT will together also identify and cooperate on creating hydrogen-related projects for marine and land-based applications. They will jointly conduct research projects and they will cooperate on increasing the efficiency of the fuel cell production equipment at the Teco 2030 Innovation Centre.  

Teco 2030 CEO Tore Enger said: “We are very happy to be cooperating with UiT on enhancing the education in northern Norway for the use of hydrogen and fuel cells, and we are looking forward to welcoming students and researchers at the university to our new Innovation Centre in Narvik. Our cooperation with UiT will contribute to increasing Norwegian competence on fuel cell development and will at the same time improve our access to highly qualified, potential future employees who already live in the region.”

The production of hydrogen fuel cells for use within the maritime industry is still in early stages, and there is currently limited competence in Norway on the development of fuel cells.

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