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NORWEGIAN COMPANY SETS UP MARINE FUEL CELL FACTORY

NORWEGIAN COMPANY SETS UP MARINE FUEL CELL FACTORY

Friday, March 26, 2021 

TECO 2030 plans to establish Norway's first large-scale production of hydrogen-based fuel cells in Narvik in Northern Norway, which will enable ships and other heavy-duty applications to switch from fossil fuels such as heavy oil and diesel to climate-friendly hydrogen, and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry.

CEO Tore Enger said: "We plan to establish a combined innovation center and factory in Narvik. The plant will be able to produce fuel cells with a capacity of more than one gigawatt per year, equivalent to several billion NOK of annual turnover."

Fuel cells convert hydrogen into electricity with water vapour and hot air as the only emissions. Through the initiative in Narvik, the company contributes to the Norwegian government's ambition that Norway should build a complete value chain for the utilisation of hydrogen as an energy carrier.

“After it was announced that we were planning a factory in Norway, we received close to 30 serious suggestions for possible locations. We truly appreciate the interest and all the input, but the former REC building is highly advanced and perfect for us. This is why we ended up choosing Narvik,” said Enger. “The building is completely finished and ready to be put to use, and this is obviously an advantage for the project. We also note that Narvik has a positive attitude towards industry and business development, and we hope and believe that this initiative will create significant ripple effects in the city and region related to hydrogen, an energy carrier recognized to have great potential. While the neighboring city of Harstad is the oil capital of Northern Norway, our goal is now that Narvik becomes Norway’s hydrogen capital.”

Work on the site is planned to start during 2021, and the first production is expected in 2022. Up to 500 jobs may be created in Narvik within development, pilot production and full-scale industrial production. The development of the technology is being carried out in collaboration with the Austrian technology company AVL, which will also contribute to the planning and construction of the proposed facility.

TECO 2030's vision is emissions free shipping, and hydrogen-based fuel cells will be key, especially when it comes to applications where batteries will be too heavy. An example is the project Green Hydrogen @ Blue Danube, where hydrogen will be produced from solar and wind in Romania and transported on barges along the Danube river to industrial buyers in Austria and Germany. TECO 2030 ASA is a partner in the project and will supply fuel cells for the hydrogen-powered tugboats that will take the barges along the Danube.

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