Tom Fidjeland, CEO, GCE NODE
Agder is a region bursting with new energy projects. Within the last 12 months a series of plans and projects have become public. Companies from near and far come to our region to find the people, the energy, and the technology necessary to succeed. This is a testament to the technology savvy region that is Agder.
OFFSHORE WIND: Several companies in Agder are part of consortiums bidding for areas in the initial Norwegian offshore wind licensing round in 2023. In Mandal, Farsund, Lyngdal, and Kristiansand, industrial areas are being developed to facilitate an industry which is still in an early phase in Norway. The interaction and cooperation between the private and public sectors has been fantastic, and the region was awarded with NOK 5 million for competence building in the National Budget for 2023.
HYDROGEN: In Kristiansand, Greenstat and Everfuel will build a hydrogen factory after receiving NOK 148 million in governmental support. A hydrogen network, facilitated by GCE NODE, is established, and enthusiastically welcomed by hydrogen-curious companies.
AMMONIA: In Arendal, Arendals Fossekompani and Grieg Maritime Group plan to build an ammonia factory through the joint venture North Ammonia.
BATTERIES: In Arendal, Morrow plans to build a giant battery factory set to change the region’s industrial scene and transform Arendal the surroundings forever.
SOLAR: In Birkenes, Å Energi and BTG Solenergi plan to build Norway’s largest solar power facility with a peak production level of 12 GWh.
BIOZIN: In Åmli, industrial giant Shell and sawmill company Bergene Holm have partnered to build Norway’s first full-scale production plant for advanced biofuels. The Åmli plant will manufacture advanced sustainable biofuels using forest residues and by-products from the sawmill industry as feedstock.
CARBON CAPTURE: In Kristiansand, Air Products is piloting a carbon capture facility at the Returkraft waste-to-energy plant.
The Agder region, filled with industrial leaders and world-class engineers, is leading the way in new energy development projects. Based on a strong heritage, we are in the midst of a historic transition and well-equipped to make an impact.