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Welcome to the November-edition of the newsletter!

It is hard to pick winners in the ongoing transition to renewable energy and modern energy services. It seems a fairly safe bet that hydropower will continue to play an important although perhaps changing role both in Norway and abroad. Wind, including offshore wind that we focussed on last month, is rapidly increasing globally. This month we have some coverage of solar power, which we know is cost competitive in sunny low latitudes, but it is now coming also to Bergen! Our main focus this time however is on hydrogen, in particular hydrogen produced from renewable electricity with industrial as well as consumer applications.

I found the recent Energy Lab event run by first year energy master students with contributions from BKK, Statoil and Greenstat particularly interesting and stimulating. Sunney Fotedar, Estee Vermeulen and Rouzbeh Siavashi had put together an intriguing program inviting contributors to discuss nothing less than The Future of Energy. Read all about it on page 2 and do not miss the later articles including the interview with second year energy master student Tore Solheimslid on page 8. He is doing his master thesis precisely on industrial applications of hydrogen. Students are our future!

Peter Haugan

 

Contents:

The Future of Energy

Solar resources and facilities, what is happening in Bergen?

Large Scale Production of Hydrogen

Optimising Hydrogen production facilities

Energy news from around the world