The proposal includes activities ranging from fundamental materials research, via development of new processes for fuel conversion, to system analysis. The project will focus on key activities where Norway has particular premises for success as put forth in the report "Hydrogensamfunnet, en nasjonal mulighetsstudie" (NFR, NYTEK 2000). The partners in the proposal are SINTEF and NTNU in co-operation within specific activities with IFE. In addition, Agder College may participate in the final phase of one activity. This consortium includes leading domestic institutions with competence in the project key areas, ensuring the highest possibility of reaching the established goals. The proposed activities fall into two groups; - System analysis and - Processes and materials technology representing key areas where Norway have highly competent research groups and where industry show willingness to support this competence project and interest in further development and utilisation of the hydrogen technologies. Within the two groups the ac tivities are: ? System analysis of hydrogen chains Integration of pressurised SOFC and GT cycles Materials development in PEM technology ? Hydrogen/Chlorine fuel cells.