Clean and Efficient Industry

Hydro power station, Øvre Forsland. Credit: Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor

Norwegian industry benefits from some of the cleanest and cheapest energy in Europe. Combined with a vibrant processing industry ecosystem and ambitious national strategies for circular and green production, Norway is a great place to build and develop low-carbon industries.   

Green industry with 100% clean energy

With an abundance of clean and affordable hydropower, the Norwegian processing industry can keep both its costs and emissions down. This has allowed Norway to take a strong position within energy-intensive industries such as metal processing. For example, Norway possesses considerable production in steel and silicon, both with some of the smallest carbon footprints in the world. In fact, metal alone accounted for approximately 6.2% of total Norwegian exports (USD 9.5 billion) in 2017. 

Furthermore, a stable supply of renewable and affordable energy makes Norway an ideal place to produce energy-intensive sustainable technologies, such as EV batteries and hydrogen.  

Home of world-class industry ecosystem

Norwegian industry is supported by a highly developed network of industry clusters, providing well-established platforms for sharing expertise, fostering connections and promoting industrial development and innovation. It is due to this ecosystem that Norwegian industry has attained the goal of being both sustainable and highly profitable.

The clusters are supplemented by Norwegian industrial parks, who provide valuable assistance and expertise throughout the process of establishing industrial facilities.  

Furthermore, Norwegian industrial workers are known as being both skilled an highly efficient, due to a culture of professional development, trust and independence. 

Sustainable opportunities with world-leading carbon capture 

Norway’s carbon capture industry is growing rapidly – you can read more about that here

The advanced state of the Norwegian carbon capture ecosystem opens avenues for sustainable production across  a range of industries. For example, it has given Norway a head-start in developing emission-free hydrogen from natural gas. Other, innovative exciting carbon capture projects include emission-free production of PHA (plastics) and single cell protein, targeted towards the large aquaculture market in Norway.

Pioneering circular industries

The future of the industrial sector is circular; a production system where energy, resources and materials are kept in an infinite loop of use and reuse. 

In Norway’s industrial parks, you’ll find comprehensive programmes for recycling energy, bi-products and waste – often in innovative ways. For example, heat from Elkem’s ferrosilisium factory at Mo Industripark is used to breed smolt for the aquaculture sector. (In total, Mo Industripark recycles over 400 GWh of energy annually through various innovative collaborations). You can read more about Norwegian circular industry production here

The progress towards a Norwegian circular industry is supported by a robust cluster network, partnerships with leading research bodies, and well-developed funding opportunities. 

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A Green Industry with Hydrogen

Norway is also in a unique position to become a large producer of so-called “blue” hydrogen. In 2017 we exported 117.4 billion m3 of natural gas, enough to produce about 25 million tonnes of hydrogen. Norway also has extensive experience with CCS, and considerable capacity for CO2 storage on the Norwegian continental shelf.

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Forestry

Norway’s productive forest covers nearly 20 million acres, divided between 129,000 properties throughout the country. Norway spruce and pine are the most common species of wood in Norwegian forests, comprising approximately 79% of the total volume. The fibre properties of Norway spruce make it well suited for the production of high-quality niche products.

Battery Power

Norway is uniquely positioned and qualified in battery development and production. Parts of the battery value chain are very energy-intensive, and thus ideally suited to places with easy access to affordable, renewable energy, like Norway, where 98% of all energy comes from renewable sources.

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Data Centers

Data centers are the foundation of the digital infrastructure. Data centers are also quite energy intensive, especially large so-called hyperscale facilities that house the “cloud” where both businesses and consumers store, process and access their data.

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Carbon Capture Industries

Norway is a world-leading knowledge hub for carbon capture technologies across a range of industries, housing the world’s largest carbon capture test centre and developing the world’s first full-scale carbon capture value chain.

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