Innovation
through collaboration

As the energy transition develops in the North Sea, the scope of activities is changing significantly. Oil and gas production is in decline and renewable energy production increasing steadily, changing the energy landscape, enabling synergies between the different forms of energy production, and creating potential to leverage legacy infrastructure in new ways. 

One North Sea, established by TNO and the Net Zero Technology Centre, is a platform that focusses on stimulating international collaboration, bringing together the ideas and initiatives of research organisations, industry and governments.

Offshore energy systems and cross-border integration is key, using existing oil and gas infrastructure and capabilities to produce smart collaborations between the oil and gas and renewable sector, such as platform electrification, CO2 storage and hydrogen production to accelerate the energy transition.

To create a catalogue of the integration projects that are already underway, One North Sea has developed a database where ongoing energy projects with a component of re-use of existing infrastructure are mapped out. The following themes are included:

  • CO2 Transport & Storage
  • Electrification
  • Hydrogen Transport
  • Hydrogen Production Offshore
  • Hydrogen Storage Offshore
  • Geothermal Energy Production

 Join the conversation, start collaborating and make One North Sea a reality.

Download the One North Sea report to learn more.

CO2 transport and storage

Electrification for emission reduction

Geothermal energy production

Hydrogen production and transport

Vision

To enable successful cross-border collaboration, a joint vision on what the North Sea Energy Transition could look like is vital. One North Sea has developed the first framework for what such a joint North Sea Energy Transition vision could look like and what interdependencies and challenges still exist to make it work. Five pillars have been established that represent important aspects for a successful transition:

  1. The North Sea driving the European energy transition 
  2. Offshore Energy systems integration 
  3. Cross-border coordination and collaboration 
  4. Leadership, Policy & Investment 
  5. Technology & Innovation 

The pillars are not standalone, but are interconnected and heavily interdependent. For example, pillar 1-3 strongly depend on progressing technology & innovation and technology & innovation cannot progress without the relevant networks and partnerships. In the next section, we describe the different pillars in more detail.  

An international North Sea strategy will be required to mitigate key barriers when developing cross-border systems integration. One North Sea has identified two well-known and significant barriers for the North Sea energy transition. Firstly the misalignments in regulatory frameworks and standardization, and secondly the growth and alignment of a market for sustainable energy carriers (such as hydrogen). Cross-border collaboration is key to mitigate these challenges. Harmonization of regulations are needed to enable the actual implementation of an international energy system. Similarly, international market alignment and collaboration leads to a larger market to start from. These are just some examples of where international coordination is needed to accelerate the North Sea energy transition.  

To make this work, an understanding of the critical interdependencies for the activities required is needed. Existing research activities already provide a good start, but international knowledge sharing and alignment is needed at all levels to bring this one step further. This requires that all relevant stakeholders, including e.g. governments, TSOs, DSOs and industry, are involved and on board with this process. One North Sea encourages research organizations to take up the challenge to map these interdependencies in collaboration with the relevant stakeholders, and work on solutions for the key barriers identified.  


Projects

Research and development

Acorn Hydrogen Project

Hydrogen production and transport

Pale Blue Dot

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Research and development

Deep Purple

Electrification for emission reduction

TechnipFMC

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Demonstration

Dolphyn

Hydrogen production and transport

Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

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Research and development

Elegancy

Electrification for emission reduction

Sintef

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Demonstration

Gigastack

Hydrogen production and transport

ITM Power Trading Ltd, Orsted, Element Energy

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Demonstration

3D project, DMX Demonstration Dunkirk

CO2 transport and storage

Total, ArcelorMittal, Acens, IFP

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Demonstration

ACORN

CO2 transport and storage

Pale blue dot

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Research and development

ALIGN-CCUS

CO2 transport and storage

TNO

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Demonstration

Aquaventus

Electrification for emission reduction

RWE

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Research and development

Athos

CO2 transport and storage

Gasunie, Port of Amsterdam

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Demonstration

ZeroCarbon Humber

CO2 transport and storage

CATCH, Drax, Equinor, Humber, Nationalgrid

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Demonstration

WIN-WIN

Electrification for emission reduction

ExxonMobil, ENI Norge, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd., Statoil, VNG Norge, PG Flow Solutions and ORE Catapult.

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Implementation

Hydrogen Symbiosis in the Delta Region

Electrification for emission reduction

Dow Benelux BV, Yara Sluiskil BV, ICL-IP Terneuzen BV, Gasunie Transport Services, Provincie Zeeland, NV, Economische Impuls Zeeland, Zeeland Seaports

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Implementation

Valhall BP

Electrification for emission reduction

AkerBP

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Demonstration

Underground Sun Storage

Hydrogen production and transport

RAG, Montan Unviersitat, IFA, BOKU, Energie institut, Verbund, Axiom, DVGW

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Implementation

Troll C & Sleipner area: Power from Shore

Electrification for emission reduction

Equinor

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Research and development

THyGA

Hydrogen production and transport

DASNK Gasteknisk center, Gaswarme_institut Essen, GAS.BE, DVGW, ENGIE, BDR Thermea

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Demonstration

Beatrice Wind Farm

Electrification for emission reduction

Repsol

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Demonstration

STORE&GO

Hydrogen production and transport

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Research and development

South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC)

CO2 transport and storage

SWIC

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Research and development

Solar at Sea

Electrification for emission reduction

TNO, TAQA, Oceans of Energy

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Demonstration

Snøhvit

CO2 transport and storage

Equinor, Petoro, Total E&P Norge, Gaz de France, Hess, RWE DEA Norge / Wintershall DEA

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Research and development

Porthos

CO2 transport and storage

Port of Rotterdam, Gasunie, EBN

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Demonstration

RH2-PTG

Hydrogen production and transport

WIND-projekt, Enercon, 50hertz, ONTRAS, HaasEngineering, Stadt Land Fluss, NOW, Universtat Rostock

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Implementation

PosHYdon

Hydrogen production and transport

Neptune Energy, Nexstep, TNO, EBN B.V., TAQA Offshore B.V.

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Demonstration

Project Cavendish

Hydrogen production and transport

National Grid, Cadent, SGN, ARUP

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Demonstration

Pre-Pilot Power to Gas Offshore (3P2GO)

Hydrogen production and transport

EBN, Engie, NAM, Taqa offshore, TNO, Total, Nexstep

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Research and development

Northern Lights

CO2 transport and storage

Equinor, Total, Shell

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Demonstration

NortH2

Hydrogen production and transport

Gasunie, Groningen Seaports, Shell Nederland, TNO

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Research and development

North Sea Wind Power Hub

Hydrogen production and transport

Port of Rotterdam, Gasunie, Energinet.dk, Tennet NL, Tennet GE

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Research and development

North Sea Energy 3

Electrification for emission reduction

TNO

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Research and development

Net Zero Teesside

CO2 transport and storage

OGCI, BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total

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Research and development

NECCUS

CO2 transport and storage

Scottish Government, Chrysaor, Pale Blue Dot, Peterhead Port Authority, Petroineos, SGN, Shell, Total

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Demonstration

MegaWatt Design Delfzijl

Hydrogen production and transport

Akzo Nobel, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie

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Research and development

LowEmission

Electrification for emission reduction

Sintef

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Research and development

Ketzin

CO2 transport and storage

GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)

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Research and development

K12-B

CO2 transport and storage

Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Gaz de France Production Nederland B.V.

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Implementation

Johan Sverdrup

Electrification for emission reduction

Equinor, ABB

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Research and development

IJVERGAS

Electrification for emission reduction

TNO, OFS, CE Delft, NEC

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Implementation

Hywind Tampen

Electrification for emission reduction

Equinor, Snorr, Gullfaks

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Research and development

Hypos

Hydrogen production and transport

The HYPOS registered association.

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Demonstration

HyPER

Hydrogen production and transport

Cranfield University

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Research and development

HyNet Northwest

Hydrogen production and transport

Jaguar Land Rover, Essar, Unilever, Inovyn, Encirc, Cargill, CPW, Novelis, Prinovis, Pilkinton, CF, Ibstock Brick, Essar, Solvay, North-West Hydrogen Alliance

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Research and development

HyLINE

Electrification for emission reduction

Sintef

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Research and development

HyInteger

Hydrogen production and transport

Friedrich Schiller University Jena, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and the Université de Lorraine

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Research and development

Hydrogen Offshore Production (HOP)

Hydrogen production and transport

Aquatera, Doosan, Cransfield University, EMEC Hydrogen, NOV, OGTC

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Research and development

H2ermes

Hydrogen production and transport

Tata steel, Nouryon, Port of Amsterdam

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Demonstration

HyDeploy

Hydrogen production and transport

Cadent

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Research and development

H-Vision

Hydrogen production and transport

Deltalinqs, TNO Air Liquide, BP, EBN, Engie, Equinor, Gasunie, Gasterra, OCI Nitrogen, Port of Rotterdam, Shell, Taqa, Uniper, Vopak, Linde

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Research and development

HIGGS

Hydrogen production and transport

Fundación para el Desarrollo de las Nuevas Tecnologías del Hidrógeno en Aragón, Spain

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Demonstration

H2M Project

Hydrogen production and transport

Nuon / Vattenfall, Gasunie New Energy and Equinor

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Implementation

H2H Saltend

Hydrogen production and transport

Equinor, PX, BP, Centrica, ABP, Triton power, MHPS

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Research and development

H21

Hydrogen production and transport

Northern Gas Networks, Cadent, SGS, Wales & West Utilities, HSL, DNV GL

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Demonstration

H100

Hydrogen production and transport

SGN

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Research and development

GZI Next

Hydrogen production and transport

NAM, EMMTEC, NOM, Gemeente Emmen, New Energy Coalition, Energy Valley, Gasunie

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Implementation

Gjøa Electrification

Electrification for emission reduction

Neptune energy

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Research and development

Geothermal Forum Niedersachsen

Geothermal energy production

LBEG, BVEG

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Research and development

GAMER

Electrification for emission reduction

SINTEF, SHELL, AECSDC, Coorstek, CRI EHG, MC2, UIO

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Research and development

ENSYSTRA

Electrification for emission reduction

University of Groningen, University of Edinburgh, Chalmers university of technology, University of Stavanger, Aalborg University, Europa Universitat Flensburg

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Research and development

ENOS

CO2 transport and storage

This project is a CO2GeoNet initiative endorsed by EERA-CCS JP.

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Demonstration

DEMCOPEM-2MW

Electrification for emission reduction

Nouryon, Nedstack fuel cell technology, MTSA Technopower B.V., Johndon Matthey Fuel Cells Limited, Politecnico di milano

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Research and development

Decarbonised Gas Alliance (DGA)

Hydrogen production and transport

DNV GL

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Research and development

Cranberry

Electrification for emission reduction

Circular Energy, DELTA energy, Eemflow Energy. Energy Delta Institute

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Research and development

CO2 Shipping Design

CO2 transport and storage

Fizzy Transition Venuters, Koninklijke Niestern-Sander, Koninklijke Wagenborg

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Research and development

CHEOP-CC

Hydrogen production and transport

Equinor, Shell

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Research and development

CATO

CO2 transport and storage

TNO

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Research and development

CAPS-IO

CO2 transport and storage

Circular Energy BV, Nem Energy b.v., TNO

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Research and development

Athos

CO2 transport and storage

Tata Steel, EBN, Gasunie, Havenbedrijf Amsterdam

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Research and development

Aramis

CO2 transport and storage

NAM and Total

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Research and development

HyNTS

Hydrogen production and transport

National Grid

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Demonstration

OYSTER

Hydrogen production and transport

Element Energy Ltd

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Implementation

ONE-Dyas

Electrification for emission reduction

ONE-dyas, Hansa Hydrocarbons, EBN

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Research and development

Project Greensand

CO2 transport and storage

INEOS, MAERSK drilling, GEUS, Wintershall dea

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Research and development

HyStorPor

Hydrogen production and transport

University of Edinburgh

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Research and development

Aberdeen vision

Hydrogen production and transport

SGN, National grid, Pale blue dot energy, ERM, DNVGL

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Research and development

SECURe

CO2 transport and storage

British Geological Survery

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Demonstration

REALISE CCUS

CO2 transport and storage

SINTEF

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Research and development

Strategy CCUS

CO2 transport and storage

BRGM

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Research and development

Floating power plant

Electrification for emission reduction

Floating power plant

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Research and development

Orion

Hydrogen production and transport

Shetland Island Council, OGTC, Highland & Islands Enterprise and the University of Strathclyde.

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Research and development

CO2TransPorts

CO2 transport and storage

Port of Rotterdam, Port of Antwerp and North Sea Ports

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Research and development

Carbon Connect Delta Program

CO2 transport and storage

Smart Delta Resources

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Research and development

Dartagnan

CO2 transport and storage

France

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Demonstration

Ervia CCUS

CO2 transport and storage

Ervia

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Demonstration

Northern Endurance Partnership

CO2 transport and storage

bp, Eni, Equinor, National Grid, Shell and Total

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Research and development

Salamander

Hydrogen production and transport

Simple Blue Energy

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Implementation

Esbjerg Wind-to-Hydrogen

Hydrogen production and transport

H2 Energy Europe

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