TECO 2030 signs an agreement with the Norwegian Arctic University
Clean technology company TECO 2030 (OSE: TECO) has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with UiT – Norwegian Arctic University to cooperate on improving research and education in Norway on hydrogen and fuel cells.
The agreement was signed between TECO 2030 and the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Technology of UiT. This faculty 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 on the establishment of the first large-scale production of cells. hydrogen fuel in Norway.
The TECO 2030 Innovation Center in Narvik will be a combined factory and innovation center. Here TECO 2030 will produce hydrogen fuel cells specially designed for use on ships and other heavy duty applications.
Will help increase value creation in northern Norway
“Contributing to the development of sustainable energy solutions for land and sea transport is at the heart of the research and development work that we carry out in our faculty, and for us, fuel cell solutions that use hydrogen as an energy carrier are particularly interesting, ”says Professor Bjørn-Reidar Sørensen. He is the head of the Department of Building Technology, Energy and Materials at UiT.
“We are looking forward to cooperating with TECO 2030. Our aim is that through our cooperation with TECO 2030, we can also help increase value creation in the north,” says Sørensen.
“We have extensive experience working closely with business and industry, and today we provide students with training that can be used directly in the work of TECO 2030. We will also be able to adapt our study offering accordingly. specific needs of TECO 2030 ”, he adds.
As part of the agreement, TECO 2030 will help improve 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 test facilities at the TECO 2030 Innovation Center during periods when they are not in use in cell production. fuel.
TECO 2030 and UiT will also identify and cooperate in the creation of hydrogen related projects for marine and land applications. They will jointly conduct research projects and cooperate to increase the efficiency of fuel cell production equipment at the TECO 2030 Innovation Center.
Improve access to potential future highly qualified employees
“We are very happy to cooperate with UiT to improve education in northern Norway for the use of hydrogen and fuel cells, and we look forward to welcoming students and researchers from there. ‘university in our new innovation center in Narvik, “Tore said. Enger, CEO of TECO 2030 ASA.
“Our cooperation with UiT will help increase Norwegian fuel cell development skills and at the same time improve our access to future highly qualified and potential employees who already live in the region,” said Enger.
Production of hydrogen fuel cells for the maritime industry is still in its infancy and fuel cell development skills are currently limited in Norway.
Will produce the engine of tomorrow
TECO 2030 is developing fuel cells in collaboration with Austrian powertrain technology company AVL, and it has taken over the building that will house the TECO 2030 innovation center this summer. TECO 2030 is now in the process of drawing up detailed plans for the plant and its production lines.
Hydrogen fuel cells are the engines of tomorrow and convert hydrogen into electricity by emitting only water vapor and hot air. By installing fuel cells, ships and other heavy-duty applications can switch from fossil fuels to hydrogen and reduce their emissions to zero.
Fuel cells can allow ships to navigate emissions-free, either for the entire route or for shorter distances, such as when entering and exiting ports.
They can also be used during stay in port, loading and unloading, allowing zero emission operation at the quayside, without having to connect the vessel to a shore power supply.
Green transition in the maritime industry
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims to reduce carbon intensity in international maritime transport by 40% by 2030 and reduce the sector’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% of by 2050 compared to 2008.
Shipowners around the world will therefore have to do something to make their ships more climate-friendly, and TECO 2030 will help them do that.
TECO 2030 provides technology that helps ships reduce their environmental and climate impacts. In addition to hydrogen fuel cells, the company is developing carbon capture and exhaust gas cleaning systems for the marine industry, which will enable fossil fuel-powered ships to reduce their environmental and climate footprint.
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