Hydrogen technology company Nel and Statkraft, Europe’s largest supplier of renewable energy, recently signed a contract for the delivery of 40 MW electrolysers. As a result of this partnership, Nel and Statkraft will work together to establish a robust value chain in Norway for the production of green hydrogen. “We are determined that we will contribute towards making Norway a leading producer of renewable hydrogen, and to establish an eco-system of electrolyser and equipment suppliers,” says the CEO of Nel, Hkon Volldal, and the CEO of Statkraft, Christian Rynning-Tnesen. “We are also determined that we will establish an eco-system of electrolyser and equipment suppliers.”
In conjunction with German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck’s visit to Nel’s completely automated electrolyser manufacturing facility at Herya in Norway, the announcement was made. Nel is located in Norway. Along with his colleague, the Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Terje Lien Aasland, the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, Jan Christian Vestre, will also be participating in the trip. The plans that the two companies have in place for a green hydrogen value chain in Norway have garnered the ministers’ enthusiastic support. “It is heartening to see that important participants in the Norwegian economy, such as Nel and Statkraft, are making plans for value chains for green hydrogen in Norway. According to the Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Aasland, “This is an essential step in the right direction to fulfill our aspirations to develop a cohesive value chain for hydrogen and ease the production of hydrogen with no or low emissions to cover the national demand for hydrogen.”
Nel received a purchase order for forty megawatts worth of alkaline electrolyser equipment from Statkraft not too long ago. The electrolyser stacks will be manufactured at Nel’s manufacturing factory in Herya and utilized for the production of renewable hydrogen in one of Statkraft’s various hydrogen projects. Statkraft is currently working on a variety of hydrogen projects. Statkraft has the goal of accelerating its annual development pace to reach 4 gigawatts (GW) of new power output per year. Statkraft is the largest supplier of renewable energy in Europe. and to add 2 gigawatts (GW) of output of renewable hydrogen by the year 2030. In Norway, Statkraft plans to increase its focus on the development of additional renewable power output as well as increased flexibility within the country’s hydropower and wind power sectors, both onshore and offshore.
According to Rynning-Tnnesen, “The contract with Nel is the first important step in materializing our ambitious target of 2 GW of green hydrogen and securing production capacity for our diverse pipeline of hydrogen projects.” “The contract with Nel is the first important step in materializing our ambitious target of 2 GW of green hydrogen.” The addition of Statkraft as a customer has brought a great deal of excitement to Volldal. “Statkraft is the most well-known and knowledgeable renewable energy firm in Europe, and it is also the largest producer of renewable energy in Europe. Their expansion goals are aggressive.” “We are quite delighted that they have elected us as a supplier of green hydrogen technology,” adds Volldal. “We are looking forward to working with them.” According to Volldal, “with this order and earlier orders Nel is reinforcing its position as a leading supplier and exporter of hydrogen equipment,” which is vital for the green transition in Europe and beyond, as well as for the establishment of new green jobs in Norway.