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Next Wave (Next Nordic Green Transport Wave – Large Vehicles)

Project 2019 - 2021 Closed

The Nordic countries, especially Norway and Iceland, have taken major steps towards electrification of the transport with battery electric vehicles (BEVs). However, little is happening regarding larger vehicles as battery solution still are not able to provide heavy-duty users (e.g. buses, trucks and lorries) the mobility they need. 

Fuel cell electric vehicles using hydrogen as a fuel can solve this. The focus of this project is on providing infrastructure for a larger scale deployment of trucks, buses and lorries. The goal of the project is to further strengthen the global technological lead of the Nordic countries by stimulating the very first hydrogen infrastructure made available for larger vehicles.

The project will deliver an analysis on large-scale transport of hydrogen with mobile pipeline, a description of the innovation and business potential for a roll-out of FC-buses in the Nordic region, as well as a coordinated action plan for stimulating the FC truck demand and a prospect for utilising hydrogen in heavy-duty equipment. Finally, the project will contribute to national and Nordic hydrogen strategy processes even providing input to a possible Nordic Hydrogen Strategy.

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The Next Wave project has produced the following publications that are free to download:

Next Wave: Available By-product Hydrogen in the Nordic Countries

Next Wave: Large-scale Hydrogen Use in Nordic Industry 2020-2030

Next Wave: Perspectives and Potentials for Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Buses in the Nordic Region

You can download the publications from the links above the illustration.

Project partners

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Hydrogen Denmark

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

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New Icelandic Energy

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Vätgas Sverige

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Norsk Hydrogenforum

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Kunnskapsbyen Lillestrøm


In May 2019 Nordic Innovation announced a call for proposals under the Nordic Smart and Mobility and Connectivity program. The call was meant to foster the establishment of Nordic innovation projects, new Nordic partnerships, value chains and/or business models that help to speed up the transition to a sustainable future, where Nordic citizens benefit from innovative mobility and connectivity solutions.

Nordic Innovation received 12 applications in response to the call, four of which were awarded support. The projects represent geographical variation, as well as a range of partners and project activities, in addition to the various transport modes.

Contact person

Ingebjørg Telnes Wilhelmsen, Norwegian Hydrogen Forum



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Nina Egeli

Senior Innovation Adviser
Internationalization, innovation and business development support, in combination with a strong background in strategy and policy development are main pillars in Nina’s professional life. Through project design and management, she aims to fit market needs with relevant services and opportunities that allows new business partnerships and business projects to prosper.

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Ivar Josefsson

Innovation Adviser
Ivar combines his international experience with an environmental background to identify the most promising Nordic projects for achieving sustainable growth. His main strengths lie within the fields of international relations and environment, and he worked briefly in the international development sector prior to joining Nordic Innovation in 2018.

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