The Japanese community has come far in implementing the hydrogen economy and therefore has a stronger research competence and experience related to gaseous hydrogen as an energy carrier compared to Norway.
In important aspect of is this is the safety. This includes to control the harmful influence that hydrogen may have on metallic materials, causing a deterioration in the mechanical properties which increases the risk of fracture and gas leakage.
Therefore, with the vision of hydrogen as one of the main energy carriers in the future, the detrimental effects that atomic hydrogen from hydrogen gas may have on metallic materials, must be better understood and measured.
Kyushu University and AIST in Fukuoka, Japan have world leading research groups on this research topic, and for the last 12 years SINTEF and NTNU have gradually developed a strong collaboration with these groups through RCN projects and PhD visits to Japan.
H2NINJA is linked to four on going RCN research projects related to the hydrogen-materials topic. The project will be a key in the continued building of excellence together with Japan through activities that are not part of these projects as development of student courses and graduate student exchange. Furthermore, it will allow for increased exchange of PhD candidates and researchers, and an increased number of co-publications and joint workshops.
Through H2NINJA we will therefore gain an even stronger relation between Norway and Japan on the topic of hydrogen and materials. Competence exchange and competence building both in academia and industry will help ease the transition to hydrogen as an energy carrier in Norway as well as strengthen the research relations between Japan and Norway in general.
With the vision of Hydrogen as one of the main energy carriers in the future, the detrimental effects that atomic Hydrogen from Hydrogen gas has on metallic materials, must be better understood and quantitatively estimated to ensure a safe and economical implementation of the Hydrogen Economy.
While both Japan and Norway has high competence on the topic, the Japanese community has come further in implementing the Hydrogen economy and thus has a stronger research competence and experience with atomic Hydrogen from pressurized H2-gas. SINTEF and NTNU on the other hand, have through a long-standing cooperation with the oil & gas sector, developed research competence on Hydrogen effects stemming from welding and from electrochemical processes such as corrosion and CP, which ensures complementarity to the project team.
As Norway prepares for the Hydrogen Economy including transport of H2 gas, education and research collaboration with Kyushu University and AIST HydroMate, world leading partners on the core research topic, represents a huge potential upside for the national competence level and scientific excellence in education and research.
With the H2-NINJA project, the partners will significantly expand and structure the existing collaboration with respect to, developing joint master courses, graduate student exchange, co-publications and joint workshops. Through the role that Kyushu University with AIST HydroMate have as an international hub for hydrogen-materials research, it will significantly improve the basis for planning joint projects initiatives for national and international funding schemes and ensure strong and long-lasting international collaboration.