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REFHYNE awarded for Best Outreach during EU Hydrogen Week

The plant is the largest of its kind i Europe and the REFHYNE partners will continue to work towards realizing a carbon-neutral society within 2050 (Photo:
The plant is the largest of its kind i Europe and the REFHYNE partners will continue to work towards realizing a carbon-neutral society within 2050 (Photo:
The project that culminated in July 2021 with Europe's largest PEM electrolyser for hydrogen production being put in operation has been given the Best Outreach Award by Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) during the EU Hydrogen Week.

"The REFHYNE project partners are honoured to receive this outreach award, as a recognition for our dissemination activities. Spearheading the roll-out of large electrolysers, we believe it is important to share our experiences and learnings to the accelerate the further scale up of clean hydrogen production" says Anders Ødegård, coordinator of the Refhyne project and senior project manager in SINTEF. 

Celebrates public engagement in scientific progress

The FCH JU Best Outreach Award celebrates public engagement of the projects they support and aims to encourage researchers to communicate better about their activity and the scientific progress achieved. FCH JU values creativity, but also thoroughly planned communication strategies.

The winner of the Best Outreach Award is chosen by the FCH JU Programme Office.

"On behalf of the entire REFHYNE consortium, I want to thank the FCH JU for the support for our 10 MW PEM electrolyser project and for this distinguished outreach award" says Anders Ødegård.

On November 29, 2021, the REFHYNE project was awarded for best outreach during EU Hydrogen Week in a live broadcast from Brussels. Photo: Screenshot from live broadcast. 

Project Information

Project duration:

01/01/2018 - 31/12/2022

Contact person:

Truls Flatberg

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  • REFHYNE is Europe's largest PEM electrolysis plant with a capacity of 10 Megawatt (MW) and started its production of green hydrogen in Shell Energy and Chemicals Park in the Rhineland today. 
  • The REFHYNE project is at the forefront of the work of producing green hydrogen in Europe. Hydrogen will play a key role in the European Green Deal's climate goals by helping to decarbonise sectors such as transport and industry, which the European Commission's hydrogen strategy from 2020 has aimed for. The EU's goal is to have at least 40 GW of electrolysers in operation by 2030. 
  • The REFHYNE consortium consists of Shell, ITM Power, SINTEF, Sphera and Element Energy. 
  • Through the REFHYNE II project, the capacity will be increased tenfold to 100 MW. The consortium has been successful in its application to "Develop and demonstrate a 100 MW electrolyzer upscaling the link between renewables and commercial / industrial applications" within the European Green Deal program to the EU.  
  • SINTEF, with senior project manager Anders Ødegård in lead, is the coordinator for both REFHYNE I and REFHYNE II.