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We understand the introduction of hydrogen usage into construction site purposes is a chicken and egg problem. Machines will not be developed before a supply market is established and practical hydrogen supply will then not be in place before hydrogen-ready machines are deployed. Therefore, we at Applied Hydrogen are taking the initiative to converting machines to establish an efficient and practical supply solution to enable our ecosystem.

Applied Hydrogen is starting with a prototype project involving a Volvo 30 ton excavator being converted to using hydrogen (H2) as its main source of fuel. The diesel motor inside the excavator will be replaced with fuel cells along with a functioning electric motor. We plan to present our hydrogen-fueled prototype in the summer of 2023. The necessary filling and transport system for the hydrogen will also be in development as part of this project in order to allow mobile fueling at remote, off the grid sites.




Applied Hydrogen has been established by multiple, experienced entrepreneurs from the technology environment in Kongsberg, Norway.

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Vidar Sten-Halvorsen,
General Manager

30 years experience in oil and gas industries with a background in metering, control systems, process systems and well intervention systems. Business Development and establishing new services business segments both in Norway and internationally. Established a joint venture (JV) and was Director in the JV for the first two years out of Houston, Texas. A proven technology leader with multiple patents.

- M.Sc, in Mechanical Engineering and Economy from NTNU. 

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Oddbjørn Bjerkvik
Engineering Manager 

Oddbjørn has more than 20 years’ experience with control systems, well intervention systems and system engineering from TechnipFMC, where he held the position as Chief Engineer since 2012.  He spent two years with Nel Hydrogen as Site Supervisor.  


- M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and MTM (Master of Technology Management) from NTNU, NHH (Norwegian School of Economics) and NUS (National University of Singapore).


John A. Johansen,
Technical Director 

A multi successful business innovator and entrepreneur who was also responsible for the development of subsea control systems at TechnipFMC. He is one of the original Kongsberg Oil Division innovators and holds multiple patents and technology awards in the energy industry. 

- M.Sc, in Engineering from NTNU with a specialization in combustion engines

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Borger Strand
 Senior SW Architect

Borger has 25 years experience in the computer industry. IT consultant, software development and web development.

Embedded systems software and hardware design.

Since 2007 he has been Senior IT Consultant at Itum Notodden.


- Engineering degree from NTNU in microelectronics and embedded systems.

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Chris A. Tokt
 Project Director 

20 years from Defense & Aviation.

Held several roles within project lead, HR and manufacturing.  Project lead for weapon deliveries from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

- B.Sc. in Technology Management from Høyskolen Vestlandet (HVL).


Åge Ulserød
 Senior Advisor 

Technologist, process developer and project manager across many industries over a long career. One of the early contributors to the industry standard for simulation tools, OLGA at Hydro, consultant in Technical safety studies/risk assessments for Lloyds Register, Business process manager - project leader/Hydro Aluminum Automotive and at Precision Subsea.

- M.Sc, and Ph.D. in Thermodynamics, combustion heat and mass transfer from NTNU. 

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Salem Rezaie
Software Engineer

Salem has a variety of job experiences, including being a leader in his own company.

He had his bachelor project for Applied Hydrogen in 2022, creating a flight recorder for hydrogen powered excavators. He is experienced in Software development.

- Completed apprenticeship in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

B. Sc. in Computer Science and Virtual system from UNS (University of South-Eastern Norway).

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Markus Danielsen
 Mechanical Engineer 

Had his bachelor project for Applied Hydrogen in 2022, creating a flight recorder for hydrogen powered excavators.


- B.Sc. in mechanical engineering – Product development from USN (University of South-Eastern Norway)

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Christina Johansen,
Board Chairperson

Currently Director of Engineering Products at KDA.  Former SVP of Product Management at TechnipFMC, with over 25 years experience in technology, engineering and operations leadership roles. 

- B.Sc., in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in Houston, TX, EMBA in Energy Management from BI Norwegian School of Business, IFP in Paris and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

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Hallgeir Lie,
Board Member

General manager and co-owner of Tveito Maskin AS. He gained experience in construction industry working in Tveito since 1997. He has been entrusted as Project Manager and Site Manager amongst other role titles at Arne Olav Lund, Tjønheim Anleggsdrift and Ingeniørvesenet Ås kommune. 


- Engineering degree from Telemark Ingeniørhøyskole


Torfinn Kildal,
Board Member

Former Managing Director of Kongsberg Maritime.

Holds a number of Board positions. 


- MBA from NHH in Bergen

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