Norway’s Hystar to build electrolyzer plant in Oslo, expand into North America

Hystar, a Norwegian electrolyser company, is embarking on significant expansion plans, aiming to build a new factory outside Oslo and expand into North America to tap into investment incentives. Electrolysers are instrumental in producing green hydrogen by splitting water using electricity, enabling the decarbonization of industry sectors that can’t transition to electricity directly. Hystar has garnered financial support from Japanese companies Mitsubishi and Nippon Steel Trading.

The company is set to construct a factory in Hoevik outside Oslo, capable of producing 4 gigawatts of electrolyser capacity annually. The facility is expected to be operational by 2026.

Hystar’s technology boasts a 10% energy efficiency improvement compared to current models and is designed to be easily scalable. The company already operates a small research and production facility at the site, which can assemble 50 MW of electrolyser capacity.

Beyond Europe, Hystar is eyeing North America for expansion, planning to set up a North American headquarters in 2024 and aiming to build a multi-gigawatt factory by 2027. The company sees attractive incentives in the U.S. and Canada, with the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) providing investment incentives.

The company sees strong demand in the U.S. hydrogen market, particularly with the government proposing up to 10 hydrogen hubs soon, prompting an accelerated and more ambitious expansion strategy.

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