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15 September 2023 | News

New research consortium strengthens hydrogen collaboration in Finland with BotH₂nia hydrogen network

A research consortium led by the University of Oulu, which aims to achieve a just hydrogen transfer, is boosting hydrogen research collaboration and communication in Finland. Together with the BotH2nia hydrogen network, the consortium will start producing general interest articles on hydrogen research, research articles and conference presentations.

New research consortium strengthens hydrogen collaboration in Finland with BotH₂nia hydrogen network
BotH2nia organises events where people from the hydrogen sector meet. Photo from BotH2nia goes Luleå event on 24.1.2023. Photo by Visa Noronen

As part of the project, many meetings and interviews will be organised with those whose lives will be affected by the green transition. With BotH2nia, the consortium also organises regular events where researchers meet officials from municipal, regional and national governments. The Hydrogen Impact Forum, which meets four times a year, uses scientific findings to address issues raised by both the private and public sectors. The aim is to generate, develop and disseminate hydrogen best practices across the country.

The consortium has secured funding for a new communication effort. The Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council (STN) has allocated €27 million for research into a just green revolution. The STN awarded almost €3 million in funding to the JustH2Transit project, a small part of which will be used for new hydrogen communication.

The multidisciplinary consortium brings together the University of Oulu, the Natural Resources Institute of Finland (LUKE), LUT University and VTT. By applying research, the project aims to lead the way in increasing Finnish society’s use of hydrogen.

The first step in the project is to identify the system-level bottlenecks impeding the energy transition. Researchers will model alternative scenarios and their environmental, techno-economic and social impacts. The necessary technical conditions for effectively producing, transmitting, storing and using hydrogen in Finland will be clarified.. The interfaces between the bio- and circular economies will be assessed to determine resource adequacy and rational use. Consortium members will seek answers to all of these research questions while also identifying alternatives to maximize our society’s flexibility and resilience.


Read more: Nearly €3 million for a just hydrogen transition research project


Further information:

Marko Huttula, Director of the Just H2 Transit research consortium, Professor, University of Oulu

p. +358 40 056 6218