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Friday, July 9, 2021 

Norwegian cleantech company Teco 2030, which is developing solutions to help cut emissions from ships and other heavy-duty applications, has taken over the building that will become home to its new fuel cell "giga factory" in Narvik in northern Norway.

Teco 2030’s planned combined fuel cell factory and innovation centre in Narvik will become Norway’s first large-scale production of hydrogen-based fuel cells. The plant will be established in a facility that was previously home to a factory operated by solar company REC.  

“This building is highly advanced, ready to be put to use and is perfect for us. We will now spend the next couple of months evaluating what of the existing infrastructure there we can use, before the detailed planning of the plant and the production lines starts in the autumn,” said Erling Hoftun, chairperson of Teco 2030. “We will start the process of hiring people to work at the plant in the first half of 2022, and we plan to begin manual pilot production of fuel cells at the factory already later the same year.”

By installing hydrogen fuel cells, ships and other heavy-duty applications that currently get their energy from diesel engines or diesel generators can switch from fossil fuels to climate-friendly hydrogen and become completely emissions-free.

Teco 2030 is developing fuel cell technology in cooperation with the Austrian powertrain technology company AVL, which will contribute to the planning and establishment of the combined factory and innovation centre in Narvik.

“We are very grateful for the support we have received from the local community in Narvik. We have experienced enormous levels of excitement from the people living in the city and its surroundings, and we have received many inquiries from people who want to help us with establishing the factory,” said Hoftun.  

Teco 2030 is currently in the process of evaluating different financing alternatives for the giga factory and innovation centre and is exploring different possibilities for getting public funding for the project.

Teco 2030 plans to produce fuel cells with a total capacity of 10 MW at the factory in 2022 and intends to gradually scale up the plant’s output over the following years. By 2030, the factory will be able to produce 1.2 GW of fuel cells every year, which will lead to several billions of NOK in annual turnover. When ships replace their diesel engines with these fuel cells, the result will be annual emission savings of around 4 million tonnes of CO2.

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