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1 February 2023
A new and rocking energy source attracted experts and investors to Luleå
Last week, 150 experts, researchers and decision-makers visited the Luleå University of Technology to discuss the rock star of new energy - hydrogen.
31 January 2023
Lack of regulations slowing down hydrogen investments in the north
Hydrogen is seen as essential to the success of carbon-free industry in northern Sweden. But the technology is new and the lack of regulations means that operators are reluctant to invest. This is the opinion of research and development engineer Johan Sandstedt.
30 January 2023
Strengthened Nordic hydrogen cooperation
Over two days, 150 experts, investors and decision-makers from above all Sweden and Finland gathered at Luleå University of Technology to increase cooperation within the Nordic hydrogen industry. At the conference, a number of action points were developed which will form the basis of a joint action…
29 January 2023
ET Fuels plans to produce synthetic methanol in Ranua, Finland
The Irish company ET Fuels is planning a plant in Ranua to produce green methanol. The investment would be worth €800 million.
20 January 2023
The foundation stone of P2X Solutions’ green hydrogen production plant was laid in Harjavalta
The foundation stone of the renewable green hydrogen and synthetic methane production plant built by P2X Solutions was laid On Friday, 20 January 2023, in Harjavalta, Finland.
20 January 2023
Blastr plans a H2 steel plant in Finland
Norwegian company Blastr Green Steel is planning to establish a green steel plant with an integrated hydrogen production facility in Inkoo, Finland.
22 December 2022
Hydrogen pipelines connect Finland and Sweden to new German hydrogen pipelines
Transmission system operators (TSOs) in various Baltic Sea countries are planning to run hydrogen gas pipelines from Finland and Sweden to Germany.
16 December 2022
From vision to action : Six partners have signed a cooperation agreement to develop nordic- baltic hydrogen corridor
The EU member states are currently in the process of dynamic changes related to the energy transformation and the decarbonisation of the European economy. Hydrogen is expected to be one of the key fuels in the EU's energy transformation. Now, the gas transmission systems operators (TSOs) are moving…
16 December 2022
Major milestone in transforming European energy market
Gas transmission system operators and leading renewable energy developers investigate possibility to develop offshore hydrogen infrastructure and market in the baltic sea region
12 December 2022
BotH2nia went to the Netherlands, and what did we learn?
Here are my top nine takeaways from a four-day visit to Rotterdam and Amsterdam during the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2022 (OEEC) as part of the delegation invited by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO):
9 December 2022
Metso Outotec invests in pilot plant for a hydrogen-based direct reduction process
Metso Outotec will convert its existing 700 mm Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) pilot plant in Frankfurt, Germany, for hydrogen-based direct reduction of fine ore, applying the proven Planet Positive CircoredTM technology.
8 December 2022
Allianz to invest in Finnish green hydrogen and power-to-gas developer Ren-Gas
Allianz Capital Partners, on behalf of Allianz insurance companies (“Allianz”), has signed an agreement to acquire a minority stake in the Finnish project developer Ren-Gas. Ren-Gas is the leading Nordic green hydrogen and power-to-gas project developer based in Finland.
7 December 2022
Companies in the Raahe region are interested in the potential of hydrogen and further training
The Raahe Region Development and Brahe Training Centre collaborated to identify the training needs of companies in the Raahe region in relation to hydrogen. There is a clear demand for basic information on hydrogen applications and business opportunities, with well over half of the companies that…
25 November 2022
Aalto University, VAMK and Ramboll Finland win the tender for training in the hydrogen economy
The Service Centre for Continuing Learning and Employment (JOTPA) procured training related to the hydrogen economy value chain in September-October 2022.
22 November 2022
The green transition needs collaboration across the world - Ostrobothnia and Chile have much in common in the hydrogen economy
Living at the edge of the world is truly concretized once you get the chance to travel to the other side. This experience was made tangible during the first week of November 2022, when I had the chance to travel to the city of Punta Arenas in Magallanes, the region closest connected to the Antarctic…
17 November 2022
Obstacles to wind projects identified - how can movement forward be achieved?
In order to identify the barriers to wind power projects, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment commissioned a study on barriers to wind power projects by FCG Finnish Consulting Group and published the results on 4 October 2022.
15 November 2022
Analysis: wind, industry and hydrogen pipeline to bring Finland's largest hydrogen plant to Kokkola
A significant investment of €500 million in hydrogen in Finland: project development company Flexens announces the construction of a 300 MW hydrogen plant in Kokkola. The plant will use renewable electricity to produce hydrogen and further produce ammonia.
11 November 2022
This is the municipality’s way to attract hydrogen companies
When a municipality attracts hydrogen companies to its area, the way is to follow CEPD principle: contacts, experience, profitability and demand. Here are some examples.
10 November 2022
Many SME industrial operators have a lot to offer in the green hydrogen market
Huge market potential brings business opportunities throughout the hydrogen value chain
9 November 2022
10 reasons why Germans are investing in the hydrogen industry in Kristiinankaupunki
Finland is getting a significant investment. Wind power company CPC Finland and German investment company Prime Capital are planning to build a 200 MW zero-emission hydrogen and synthetic methane plant in Kristiinankaupunki. The total value of the investment is EUR 450 million.
1 November 2022
University of Oulu is hiring: Coordinator, H2FUTURE Program
We are now looking for a full-time fixed term Coordinator in the Hydrogen Future as a Climate Solution (H2FUTURE) research program.
28 October 2022
Video: how the LUT University gas separation laboratory works
LUT University's new gas separation laboratory is investigating how to remove carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere in a cost-effective way. Lappeenranta is home to Finland's largest research unit for separation and purification technology. A new video shows how the laboratory works.
28 October 2022
Solar Foods receives novel food regulatory approval for a protein grown with hydrogen
The regulatory approval for the novel food, given by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), allows for the sale of food products containing Solein in Singapore. The highly sustainable protein is planned to begin commercial production and sales in 2024.
19 October 2022
Swedish prestudy on Swedish-Finnish hydrogen pipelines completed
The prestudy on hydrogen pipelines for transporting hydrogen across the border from Finland and for long distances in northern Sweden is completed. The result shows that hydrogen pipelines may be needed as a complement to power lines for industry's large hydrogen and energy needs in northern Sweden.…
19 October 2022
HYBRIT: New research shows hydrogen-reduced iron has superior properties
New research within the HYBRIT project prove that the direct reduction with hydrogen produces a product that is easy to handle, transport and store, in addition to the fact that the process virtually eliminates CO2-emissions.
11 October 2022
University of Oulu experts study hydrogen from several angles
The University of Oulu has become one of the most important centres for hydrogen research in Finland. The University of Oulu's holistic vision of the future of hydrogen is based on a strong interdisciplinary approach.
6 October 2022
Fri 14 Oct: Rauma: New fossil-free fuels in transport - event
There is a great need for new fossil-free fuels at a time when there is a drive to get rid of fossil fuels, both to mitigate climate change and to increase domestic production.
6 October 2022
Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark on stage at Wind Meets Gas in the Netherlands
The Nordic countries present at Wind meets Gas 2022, the event in the northern Netherlands on hydrogen and offshore energy.
6 October 2022
Kemi plans to become a hydrogen hub
The Kemi region has excellent conditions for the development of hydrogen industry. This is the conclusion of three studies published in Kemi on Thursday 29 September at the Digipolis Kemi Technology Village.
4 October 2022
Academic actors to support Finland in the hydrogen transition – Finnish Hydrogen Research Forum seminar on Monday 10.10.2022 at the University of Oulu
You are welcome to follow the first seminar of the Finnish Hydrogen Research Forum on 10 October 2022 at 9.30–16.00 at the University of Oulu or remotely and interview the experts. The hydrogen economy is expected to play a key role in the energy systems, industry and transport of advanced…
30 September 2022
University of Oulu launches hydrogen research pages
The University of Oulu is among the most significant hydrogen research hubs in Finland. The exceptionally wide-ranging view into the hydrogen future is based on the University of Oulu’s multidisciplinary nature: through cooperation between physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental…
30 September 2022
Renewable electricity growing in Finland
End-September figures from Fingrid’s enquiries concerning main grid connections: onshore wind 125 GW, offshore wind 26 GW, solar: 28 GW. Even if just under half of these projects come to fruition, the numbers in Finland are still significant.
16 September 2022
The transition to a hydrogen economy is being studied in the Raahe region and North Ostrobothnia
In September 2022, VTT will start a preliminary study on the transition to a hydrogen economy in North Ostrobothnia and ask companies in the Raahe region about their interest in the hydrogen business.
16 September 2022
Carbon dioxide research intensifies at the Lappeenranta campus
LUT University's new gas separation laboratory will study how to remove carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere effectively. Lappeenranta is home to Finland's most significant separation and purification technology research unit.
16 September 2022
P2X Solutions procures synthetic methane production technology from the Finnish Q Power
Green hydrogen and P2X technology pioneer P2X Solutions has signed a supply contract for Finland’s first industrial-scale renewable synthetic methane production unit with the Finnish company Q Power. The contract covers the design, manufacture, and implementation of the unit for P2X Solutions’…
13 September 2022
Good potential for large-scale synthetic fuel production in eastern and south-eastern Finland
Eastern and south-eastern Finland have good potential for synthetic fuel production, according to a new report. The study region has significant renewable electricity production potential, and ample amounts of bio-based carbon dioxide—both of which are crucial ingredients for developing new…
12 September 2022
The Skarta project in Utajärvi is moving forward
The Utajärvi solar power plant project was granted a planning permission in August, and now the first phase of the project has also been approved. The permit means that construction work on Finland's largest solar power plant in Utajärvi can start when necessary.
31 August 2022
Interest in hydrogen is now growing rapidly in Sweden
Vätgas Sverige is a 15-year-old association that wants to facilitate the transition to zero-emission energy by promoting the use of hydrogen. Members and funders come from industry, research institutes, municipalities, regions, national authorities and associations.
24 August 2022
Germany and Canada sign hydrogen deal
The global hydrogen market is developing rapidly. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have signed what they called a "joint declaration of intent" that calls on the two countries to invest in hydrogen, establish a "transatlantic Canada-Germany supply corridor" and start…
1 July 2022
Let’s talk about hydrogen – Save the date for BotH2nia goes Lappeenranta 7-8 Nov
BotH2nia is a cross-border, public-private network for building a hydrogen economy around the Baltic Sea. An important part of the network's activities are visits to different localities. During these visits, network members can see what specific hydrogen-related strengths different regions have. In…
23 June 2022
A national hydrogen network to be established in Finland
A national hydrogen network will be established in Finland. On Wednesday 22 June, the Ministerial Committee on Economic Policy supported expanding the group-level mandate of the wholly state-owned Gasgrid Finland Oy to include hydrogen transmission infrastructure and the development of a related…
7 June 2022
Companies making progress in the utilisation of hydrogen
The first large-scale hydrogen projects have already been launched around the Gulf of Bothnia. The companies presented their projects between 5 and 6 May 2022 at the BotH2nia Goes Oulu & Raahe event. Some 60 people were on hand to listen to the presentations at the University of Oulu and Raahe Event…
3 June 2022
Researchers at the University of Oulu study reducing emissions by using hydrogen in several different ways
The University of Oulu has become one of the most important hydrogen research centres in Finland. Researchers at the University of Oulu presented the results of their hydrogen research on Thursday, 5 May 2022 at the BotH2nia Goes Oulu event. Some 60 people were on hand to listen to the presentations…
2 June 2022
European Hydrogen Backbone published a vision about H2 corridor from Sweden and Finland to Germany
Gasgrid Finland together with other European Hydrogen Backbone group members has published five hydrogen supply corridors to meet Europe’s accelerated 2030 hydrogen targets. One of them runs from northern Sweden via Finland and the Baltics to Germany.
27 May 2022
How do we profile an area to interest hydrogen investors?
BotH2nia’s operating environment theme group outlined a three-step model for attracting investors. The group met on 16 March at the BotH2nia goes Kokkola event.
2 May 2022
Could emission-free hydrogen be produced in a way that requires little or no electricity?
In the Finnish and EU hydrogen strategy, the aim is to produce hydrogen mostly through electrolysis. This requires a huge amount of zero-emission electricity. Other carbon-free means of producing hydrogen are also needed. Cutting-edge methane pyrolysis and future solar hydrogen technologies could be…
26 April 2022
Hydrogen and administrative action
Licensing and zoning processes are generally considered very time-consuming parts of a project’s path from early planning to the launch of production. On the other hand, when preparing for major projects, meticulous planning in areas such as business, infrastructure, contracts, funding, and…
20 April 2022
Finland well set to build a powerful hydrogen economy
Finland is very well placed for building a hydrogen economy thanks to its abundant wind power, according to Fingrid Head of Strategic Grid Planning Mikko Heikkilä and Gasgrid Finland’s Head of Strategic analysis & RDI Sara Kärki.
13 April 2022
European Hydrogen Backbone develops 28,000 km in 2030
European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB) network has now been extended by more than 110% since initial launch one and a half years ago. Members present now vision for approximately 53,000 km hydrogen pipeline infrastructure in 28 European countries by 2040. The Backbone is expected to be made up of ~60%-40%…
4 April 2022
Sustainably produced European hydrogen brings us security of supply
To maintain security of supply, Europe needs hydrogen produced in a sustainable manner in its area. So far, calls to promote the use of hydrogen have primarily been based on the idea that hydrogen will help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, the war in Ukraine has shown that European…
31 March 2022
Germany and Norway considering construction of hydrogen pipeline
Germany and Norway are considering building a hydrogen pipe between the two countries in order to make European countries less dependent on Russian energy.
21 March 2022
Utajärvi modernises operations for the hydrogen industry
The municipality of Utajärvi, on the banks of the Oulujoki, Finland, is anticipating more residents, jobs, attractiveness and retaining power by attracting hydrogen production and other new energy industry to the area. This is done by means of cooperation with businesses and more efficient political…
14 March 2022
Hydrogen changes Sweden
Hydrogen will be much more than just a fuel for energy transformation in Sweden. Hydrogen will make Sweden look very different from what it is today. The government estimates that about 100,000 new inhabitants will be needed in the two northernmost counties by the year 2035 — a 20 percent increase…
2 March 2022
Hydrogen cooperation launched in Northern Ostrobothnia
R4H2 – REACTions for Hydrogen is one of the ongoing local hydrogen projects in Finland. Local projects exchange experiences with the national Hydrogen Network, which consists of public sector operators. This means the parties BotH₂nia are partners. For this reason, the views of the parties are also…
23 February 2022
Welcome to the new BotH₂nia website!
The vision of turning the "Gulf of Bothnia to the new Persian Gulf" and "tar magnates to hydrogen magnates" will soon be one year old. So far, only a small group of selected people have collaborated online to develop the Baltic Sea area's sustainable energy transition. Now, at last, we can organise…
18 February 2022
From ideation to project plan
A second seminar for the project H2 Ecosystem Roadmap (for Ostrobothnia) was arranged remotely on 10 February 2022. Kaisa Penttilä, from Hanken, acted as moderator, and the central objective was to gain deeper insights into the process from ideation to project planning within the hydrogen theme.