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Salmon Meets Hydrogen: The Nordic Revolution

In David Blekhman's recent article on Forbes, he sheds light on a unique intersection of ecology and energy innovation happening in the Nordic region. The premise? Linking the life cycle of salmon to hydrogen production. It's a fascinating dive into sustainable synergy.

At the heart of this innovative approach lies a desire to tackle two challenges simultaneously: sustainable fish farming and clean energy production. By using the excess nutrients from fish farms to cultivate algae, which in turn can be used to produce hydrogen, the Nordics are pioneering a solution that benefits both industries. This isn't just circular economy thinking; it's revolutionary.

What's particularly compelling is how this process taps into the sustainability ethos. We often compartmentalize industries, but the interconnectedness showcased here forces us to reconsider. Can the waste from one sector fuel the progress in another? The answer is a resounding yes.

Blekhman's insights offer a fresh perspective on how industries can symbiotically evolve. While the world grapples with the twin challenges of food security and clean energy, the Nordics are leading by example, proving that solutions often lie at the intersection of seemingly unrelated sectors. In the grand scheme of things, perhaps we should look more at these unexpected connections to pave the way for a sustainable future.

It's exciting to witness such innovative strides where the surplus oxygen from hydrogen production is repurposed for fish farming, mitigating the operational costs significantly. With our extensive experience in assuring safety and quality, Intertek can play a pivotal role in supporting innovative organizations like this. 

By ensuring the hydrogen systems are up to par with industry standards and validating the environmental benefits, Intertek can help build a new era of sustainable hydrogen economy.

In the United States, Hexagon Purus forged a partnership with SWITCH Maritime to collaborate on the first hydrogen-powered ferry, "Sea Change." This innovative 75-passenger hydrogen catamaran was launched in 2021 to transport passengers in the San Francisco Bay area.


sustainability, hydrogen, energy