MoZEES focuses on battery and hydrogen value chains, systems, and applications where Norway can take a leading position in the future.

Background & Motivation

Norway has access to vast amounts of renewable power, some of which can be used to produce electricity and hydrogen for transport. Ambitious national and regional climate policies on low and zero emission transport are currently being implemented, including economic support for the introduction of battery and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. There is also a strong national policy to stimulate existing and new businesses to create new “green jobs”. Hence, there is now a need to couple national and regional climate policies with long-term industry-driven business development strategies.

Battery and hydrogen technologies have been demonstrated for use in zero emission transport systems in many countries and regions around the world. However, further developments are needed before these technologies can be introduced into other transport sectors, such as heavy-duty transport by road, rail, or sea. MoZEES will focus on battery and hydrogen value chains, systems, and applications where Norway can take leading position in the future.

Markets

The maritime sector has been identified as an important area where Norway can and should develop new zero emission technologies, systems, and solutions, both for domestic and international markets. One of the main ambitions in MoZEES is therefore to show how zero emission technologies can be a viable technical and economical alternative for the maritime sector, both in Norway and abroad. MoZEES will also support R&D performed by the commercial User Partners that intend to participate in the international battery and hydrogen technology value chains.

An overview of the four main research areas (RAs) of the Center.
An overview of the four main research areas (RAs) of the Center.

Research Tasks

An overview of the four main Research Areas (RAs) of the Center is provided in the figure above. RA1 and RA2 focus on research that can lead to breakthrough development in materials and key components for batteries and hydrogen related technologies (fuel cells, electrolyzers, and gas separation membranes). The focus will be on building strong research teams to take advantages of multi-disciplinary expertise and cross-sectorial capabilities.

RA3 will focus on the design and operation of battery and hydrogen systems for specific applications. Detailed technical studies on safety, reliability, and energy efficiency will be performed, and used to develop system specifications and guidelines. RA4 will analyze the energy and transport system as a whole, and detailed techno-economic studies of specific applications will be carried out. It should be noted here that the case studies of the Center will be evaluated from a technical perspective (RA3), as well as from a techno-economic and policy perspective (RA4).