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H2Symposium 2024

The future offers good prospects for new industrial adventures

23- 24. May



Hydrogen – Sustainable energy balance for industry and transport

Against the background of its wealth of energy, Norway has in the last hundred years developed several industries to utilize and handle the large amounts of energy and has thus become a global player that supplies technology and systems to handle this. When hydrogen now globally appears to be a preferred new energy carrier, Norway can once again become an important player in an ever-growing market. Possibly as a hydrogen producer, but most importantly as a technology supplier.

There is a lot of talk about hydrogen, but what is actually happening on the technology front? ​


It is little known that there are systems under development that can transfer the technology from the oil and gas industry to renewables, the aim is to build a new product industry for hydrogen as an energy carrier. You will hear a lot about this, along with much else, during the conference in Tyssedal and Odda, the places that helped start our welfare at the beginning of the 20th century.


Jan Carsten Gjerløw

Daglig leder, Evig Grønn AS

Jan Carsten er daglig leder i Evig Grønn AS og seniorrådgiver ved Norsk Hydrogenforum. Han har jobbet innenfor forskjellige stillinger og prosjekter for å fremme utvikling og bruk av hydrogen i Norge. Gjerløw leder for tiden H2 Truck-prosjektet, som tar sikte på å bringe de første hydrogenbilene til Oslo-regionen. Prosjektet har partnere fra hele verdikjeden. Jan Carsten har lang erfaring fra ledelse og deltakelse av nasjonale og internasjonale prosjekter. Han har vært administrerende direktør i Hynor Lillestrøm, et testsenter for hydrogen- og brenselcelle-teknologi, og direktør for Oslo Renewable Energy and Environmental Cluster. Han var Europas første private eier av en hydrigen brenselcellebil, Hyundai iX35, i juli 2015. ​

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Speakers 2024






Lars Ole Bjørnsrud

Hardanger Hydrogen Hub

Lars Ole Bjørnsrud has more than 35 years of experience from the maritime and oil and gas industries. Since 2003, has held management positions in marketing and communications at TechnipFMC and has been involved in the company's renewable venture Deep Purple. Now works as an independent consultant and is chairman of Hardanger Hydrogen Hub Before this, he worked at Kongsberg Maritime and was head of the company's Asia operations in Singapore. Lars Ole is a qualified computer engineer from Kongsberg University of Engineering.


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Thor Henrik Hagen

Hydrogen Solutions AS 

Thor Henrik is CEO of Hydrogen Solutions AS. The company's goal is to be a serious player in the Norwegian hydrogen market and deliver scalable locally produced green hydrogen. The company develops, builds, owns and operates hydrogen plants. HYDS is the largest owner and operator of Stord Hydrogen and will open its second hydrogen plant in Egersund, Kaupanes Hydrogen, on 8 February this year. Here, in addition to being the owner, HYDS has been an EPCI supplier and will be the operating operator.

HYDS has several projects under development and is working, among other things, on the development of an overall control system for hydrogen plants that has been used in the company's first hydrogen plant, which ensures that they are automated and can be controlled remotely. ​ Thor Henrik is an economist and state authorized auditor and has previously worked at KPMG, as CFO at GK Elektro, head of control at Skanska Norge and was a business developer at renewable power supplier SKL.

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Sylvi Høiland


Sylvi Høiland is head of research at Equinor ASA, Technology Digital & Innovation (TDI), Hydrogen Value Chain Technologies, with particular responsibility for hydrogen safety, production and underground storage. Equinor is an energy company that has committed to long-term value creation in a low-carbon future, and TDI has a role in closing technology and competence gaps in order to realize the company's ambitions for value creation, emission reduction and the development of low-carbon solutions.


The R&T portfolio for hydrogen includes activities along the entire value chain from production to end use. Sylvi started at the company in 2012 and worked with production and technical integrity for the company's O&G facilities before she moved to the company's venture within Renewables & Low Carbon in TDI in 2023. Sylvi has a PhD in Science from the University of Bergen, and has previously worked for UiB, Unifob Petroleum and SINTEF.


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Arnt Helge Hauglid

Project manager – Senior advisor

A representative for buisness with main activity in Telemark. Completed several assignments for business and the public sector towards the green shift, in the last 3-4 years. Has had several assignments towards Hydrogen and Biogas as an energy carrier. A large network both within private business, public administration and governance. Is executive and project management for studies, development projects, consultancy, applications to the policy apparatus, running a company, strategy work, etc.


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Velaug Myrseth Oltedal


Associate professor at the Department of Mechanical and Maritime Studies, at the University of Western Norway.


Oltedal works with research in green energy, and rents the hydrogen venture at HVL. HVL has a leading role in several major hydrogen projects, and Oltedal is deputy director of the research center for hydrogen HyValue. Ongoing research activities include hydrogen production from offshore wind, and new materials for electrolysis and fuel cells. HVL is also regional coordinator in the recently approved EU project H2CoVE, which is a European investment in the development of hydrogen expertise. HVL both teaches, supervises student assignments and offers further and further education courses in hydrogen technology.


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Pål Kårbø

General manager Hydrogenvegen AS

Pål Kårbø has since 1 . February 2020 was general manager of the driving company E134 Haukelivegen AS. This company is owned by 4 county councils, 34 municipalities and 8 companies from west to east on the E134. From February 2024, through his job in E134, he is also general manager of the company Hydrogenvegen AS, this company is owned by the municipalities of Notodden, Ullensvang and Kvinnherad. The purpose of Hydrogenvegen AS is to work for the development of filling stations for Hydrogen at strategic locations on the E134. As part of the future strategy, the company is working to bring in more owners and partners - both municipalities and city councils.


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Tor Martin Misund, Grøn energi

Tor Martin Misund

Senior advisor renewable energy Green region Vestland

Tor Martin Misund is senior advisor for renewable energy in Vestland County Municipality, and is responsible for energy and grid connection in the Green Region Vestland project. He has been project manager for the Regional plan for renewable energy in Vestland county, which is the political plan for increased production of renewable energy in the county. This plan also includes energy carriers and energy efficiency through the interaction of the renewable energy sources in our power system. Tor Martin has a Master of Energy Management from BI Business School.


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Charlotte Berge

Hydro Havrand

Charlotte Berge works as Chief Project Officer in Hydro Havrand with responsibility for all projects. Hydro Havrand is focused on decarbonisation of Hydro's industry with a special focus on "high heat processes". Last year, we had the world's first full-scale industrial test in a smelter in Navarra, Spain, as well as working on maturing projects at several Hydro sites.


Before Havrand, Charlotte worked as field development director at Lundin Norway. Before this, she has several years' experience from Equinor, Aker and the USA. Charlotte has an M. Sc. from NTNU and the University of Texas at Austin.


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Roald Aga Haug

Mayor Ullensvang kommune

Mayor Roald Aga Haug (Ap), Ullensvang municipality 2020-2023. Odda municipality 2015-2020. Haug has been a politician since 2003 and has been active in, among other things, the business area and transport. Graduated Cand.Mag, (association/law) and Family therapist.  ​ Ullensvang has 11,000 inhabitants and is the largest in Norway in terms of power production. The municipality is "Norway's Fruit Garden". In Ullensvang you will find a varied business community with high value creation. The largest industries are power, industry, agriculture, the fruit industry, aquaculture and tourism. Together with the mayors of Kvinnherad and Notodden, Haug has helped start up the Hydrogen Road.


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Hans Kleivdal

Norce Research

Experienced research director with a background in both academic research and demonstrated history from industrial R&D. Skilled in research, biotechnology, protein chemistry, life sciences, product development and implementation, research/industry and EU project development and management. Strong researcher with Dr. scientist/PhD focused in molecular biology from the University of Bergen (UiB), and leadership/leadership training and experience from research, industry and the Norwegian armed forces.


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Ingvald Torblå

Hardanger Industri

Hardanger Industri will work to contribute to increased value creation and development capacity for the affiliated companies. By placing interaction and development of the whole of Hardanger at the centre, all residents and society will benefit.


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Lars Kristian Åtland Skårberg


Lars Kristian Åtland Skårberg is a senior project manager at TechnipFMC, and engaged in the Green Platform project "Subsea Hydrogen Storage Qualification Project", a consortium working towards the goal of qualifying a technical solution for underwater hydrogen storage. The consortium consists of TechnipFMC, Statkraft, Wilhelmsen, UMOE, Nymo, Odda Technology, the University of South-Eastern Norway and Kongsberg Innovation.


Lars Kristian is a civil engineer from NTNU, and since 2007 has worked at TechnipFMC, with various roles within the oil industry, with the main emphasis on project implementation and management of subsea system deliveries to Norwegian and international customers.


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Owe Hagesæther

Owe Hagesæther has more than 35 years of varied experience from Technology Management, Change and Project Management, Top Management and Board positions, International Networking and Business Development, Marketing and Sales Management.

He has his experience from branches like Oil & Gas and Energy, Banking & Finance, IT & Telecom, Management Consulting and Maritime Technology. Hagesæther is an entrepreneur and former Founding Partner of Nordic Integrator Group.

Mr Hagesæther holds a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from University of Bergen and a MBA degree in Strategic Management from Norwegian School of Economics.

Awards: EY and NHH award - Rising Star Company with Sea Hawk, Awarded Global Centres of Expertise with GCE Subsea in 2015 and Awarded Ocean Innovation Norwegian Test and Simulation senter in 2018





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Kristian Bondhus -Jensen

Hydrogen storage at the bottom of Sørfjorden is pioneering work in Norway. Ullensvang municipality is a driving force in the project, but the process towards realization also requires the municipality to do things that have never been done before. Particularly central is how the municipality plays out its role in the exercise of authority against various regulations.


Bondhus-Jensen has overall administrative responsibility for both business development and regulations such as the Planning and Building Act in Ullensvang municipality.


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Stian Jean Opedal Davies 

Stian Jean Opedal Davies (Ap) is county deputy mayor in Vestland county municipality. Born in 1995 and educated as a lawyer at the University of Bergen. Has been in Askøy municipal council for a period from 2015-2019, and has been a representative in Vestland County Council since 2019. From Askøy.

Vestland is the most important export county in Norway and has a world-leading industry within several sectors. Vestland has the biggest emissions, but also the biggest opportunities. If Westland does not close, Norway does not close. Business policy and energy policy are decisive for maintaining welfare, cutting emissions and creating jobs in Vestland and Norway.


Vestland County Council has large targets for cutting emissions, and Grøn Region Vestland is one of the county council's most important industry-oriented instruments.



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Ivan Østvik

Since 2015, Østvik has been developing “green” ship projects in the Norwegian maritime cluster with a strong focus on implementing sustainable, safe, reliable zero-emission energy technology. He has been project manager for developing, building, certifying and setting world’s first LH2-driven ship, Norled’s M/F Hydra, into operation (2017-2023).


From 2023, he is focusing on developing and building various LH2-fuelled ship types for operation in North Europe as CEO/Founder of LH2 Shipping as well as coordinating the development of LH2 fuel supply chains in liaison with energy companies to secure LH2 as fuel towards future projects, incl. bunkering systems in ports. Previously he worked for NorWind 2006-2015 developing, building and installing jacket foundations for offshore wind turbines and LMG Marin 1995-2006 designing car ferries, fast ferries and offshore vessels. He graduated naval architect at University of Strathclyde (1995) where he also has a PhD in risk-based design (2000).




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Ola B. Hoen

Head of The Kongsberg Technology Cluster. With more than +20 years of experience in Manufacturing and Systems Engineering working with high Tech Industry companies.


Hoen holds a master’s degree in engineering from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).


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Sigmund Størset

Sigmund Ø. Størset is a senior advisor at Enova where he primarily works on the topic of hydrogen and CCS. He has a degree in civil engineering from NTNU, and also has a master's in technology management from NTNU and the Norwegian School of Economics. Størset previously worked for almost ten years at SINTEF as a researcher and research leader with a main focus on hydrogen and carbon capture technology, before he joined Enova in 2020.


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Vidar Sten- Halvorsen

CEO Applied Hydrogen AS

30 years experience in oil and gas industries with a background in flow 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.

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Henrik Steen Pedersen

CCO at GRZ Technologies Ltd.

GRZ’s pioneering technology is the result of several decades of R&D in the field of hydrogen. One of GRZ’s core competencies is the design and application of metal hydrides, where the company is the world leader in commercially available metal hydrides solutions. GRZ uses these materials to manufacture hydrogen-based electricity storage systems (MWh size), hydrogen storages (kg. to tons), and thermal hydrogen compressors without any moving parts (worlds biggest in operation). The latest offering is a methanation reaktor with the worlds highest efficiecy, to effectively capture CO2.

To be more present in the fast-growing hydrogen market in Norway, GRZ recently partnered with Liquiline.

Henrik is a globally acclaimed professional with a long record of global sales and driving international hydrogen business.


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Knut Vågsæther

The University of Southern Norway

Knut has over 20 years' experience with research into hydrogen safety, linked to physical phenomena in hydrogen systems and consequences of incidents at e.g. emission of hydrogen. He leads the research group for Process Safety, Combustion and Explosions at USN, which is a partner in several EU and NFR-supported research projects in hydrogen safety. The research activities in the research group are within the safe design of hydrogen systems, pre-normative research and basic research on physical phenomena.


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Anders Lundquist


Anders Lundquist has +10 years experience from the Oil&Gas industry and has since 2016 been involved in the Deep Purple Power-to-X program within TechnipFMC.

Deep Purple is a development program aimed at creating an off-grid energy system based on renewable intermittent sources and hydrogen as an energy carrier.

He holds an MBA in strategic leadership and is currently leading business development for the TechnipFMC hydrogen program.


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Graeme Wilson

Graeme Wilson is the Regional Director of the Nordics for Worley. He is responsible for the delivery of services across Denmark, Sweden and Finland and also responsible for the growth of Worley in the Nordics. 


Worley's mission is to deliver a more sustainable world through the delivery of engineering and consultancy services. 


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Sigrid Guldberg

Currently serving as a Senior Business Developer in Statkraft' s Hydrogen Team.

Broad experience within small and large international players in both private and public sector businesses. Sigrid’s work has ranged from project management of applied research and development to management positions of various production processes and technologies, responsibilities have included organizational development, supplier collaboration and procurement processes and operation. Passionate about developing new future proof technologies and opportunities.

Sigrid holds a Ph.D. in metallurgy from NTNU and has selected management courses from BI,  Norwegian Business School


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Ulf Eriksen

Ulf Eriksen is Vice President Hydrogen Norway leading the department that shall develop, own and operate Statkraft’s hydrogen and e-fuels plants in Norway, including ammonia. From the start as a small business development unit in 2019 the department has developed a project portfolio and the first hydrogen strategy in the company. The last two years he and the team has developed the Nordic activities, and the Swedish part was spun out as a separate team in May 2024. His focus now is on the Norwegian portfolio which contains several projects within i.a. industry and ammonia.


Ulf previously has 20 years of leadership experience i.a. building up origination activities in the Nordics and UK. This is an important part of Statkraft’s customer pillar in the strategy. His educational background is Master in Science of Business from The Norwegian School of Business and Administration (NHH) in Bergen.


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Linda Monsen Merkesdal


The Labor Party

Representative for

Hordaland 2021-2025


The Energy and Environment Committee


2 years, 250 days


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Even A. Røed


The Labor Party

Representative for

Buskerud 2021-2025


The Health and Care Committee


2 years, 234 days




Kate Clarke

Vestland County Municipality

Kate Clarke is co-ordinator for international cooperation in Vestland County Council and chairman of the board in the project "H2CoVE - Hydrogen Centers of Excellence". In line with the other European partner regions, Vestland must build a regional ecosystem for expertise in hydrogen and implement measures to ensure that Vestland has a competent workforce in the H2 value chain. The project will contribute to the value chain for hydrogen being realized and scaled up in Vestland.


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23 May


Check in and mingling




Cultural opening

The Crows plays



Ullensvang kommune v/ Mayor Roald Aga Haug
Vestland Fylke/Grønn region v/ County Vice Mayor Stian Jean Opedal Davies


Hydrogen as a future key element of the energy system

Political view of energy carriers
  • County Vice Mayo Vestland, Stian Opedal Davies
Three major energy actors on their view of Hydrogen as a future key element in energy systems
  • Statkraft v/ Ulf Eriksen
  • Equinor v/ Sylvi Høiland
  • Hydro Havrand v/ Charlotte Berge
Hydrogen activities in Hardanger, focus on Storage
  • Hardanger Hydrogen Hub v/ Ingvald Torblå
International view on energy carriers
  • DLA Piper v/ Alexandre B. Calmon 

Summary and debate 


Pause- coffee


Highlighting Norwegian Hydrogen Technology and competence

Scalable projects going forward, in Norway and internationally
  • HYDS v/ Thor Henrik Hagen
From ambition to reality
  • Worley v/ Graeme Wilson
Subsea systems
  • TechnipFMC v/ Lars Kristian Åtland Skårberg
Module systems
  • Liquiline/GRZ Technologies- Metal Hydride Solutions v/ Henrik Steen Pedersen
The key to decarbonization of industry
  • Afry Power to X v/ Pedro Raposo
Shipping- industrial routes Odda- abroad
  • Wilhelmsen Topeka v/ Ivan Østvik
Hydrogen for construction
  • Applied Hydrogen v/ Vidar Steen- Halvorsen


Pause with roundtrip at the Kraftmuseet (Power museum)


Norway as a hub for hydrogen development

Introduction to the hydrogen landscape in Norway and hydrogen's role in the energy system
  • Norwegian Hydrogen Forum 
Green region mapping in Vestland County, goals for sustainability
  • Vestland County Green region v/ Tor Martin Misund
  • Innovation Norway Green Platform v/ Sveinung Dukstad
View from Brazil: migrating expertise from O&G industry towards low carbon H2
  • Empresa de Pesquisa Ebergetica v/ Heloisa Borges
How to build a new product industry from oil & gas competence
  • GCE Ocean Technology v/ Owe Hagesæther
  • Kongsberg Technology Cluster v/ Ole B. Hoen
System industry from oil & gas to renewable
  • Hardanger Industri v/ Ingvald Torblå

Debate: Political view from parlamentarians representing Vestland County and Buskerud County

  • Norwgian Parliament v/ Linda Monsen Merkesdal (Ap Vestland)

  • Norwegian Parliament v/ Even A. Røed (Ap Buskerud)


Pause with Cider tasting


Creating synergies between regions and industries

HyCoast, Hydrogen Valley at west coast with link to inland technology enviroments
  • Energy Transition Norway v/ Kristoffer Moldekleiv
Utilize heat and oxygen from H2 production and industry to make proteins
  • Norce v/ Hans Kleivdal
Hydrogen road E134
  • E134 v/ Pål Kårbø and Arnt Helge Hauglid


Dinner & cultural trough the evening


24 May


Opening day 2, cultural v/ Lady Albatros


Research, development and skills

Introduction: What is necessary in terms of incentives, research and skills to realized hydrogen's potential for emission cuts and value creation?
  • Norwegian Hydrogen Forum 
Incentives for technology development, ropp- out and upscaling
  • Enova v/ Sigmund Størset
Distribution and storage development
  • Umoe Advanced Composites v/ Øyvind Hamre 
A comparative study of different hydrogen delivery and storage systems for industry. Case: INEOS Tyssedal
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences v/ Velaug Oltedal Myrseth 
Hydrogen Centre of VET Excellence (H2CoVE) 
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences v/ Yulia Skåtun


How to include hydrogen in the energy system in a safe way

Safe storage, distribution and use in public areas 
  • University of South- Norway v/ Knut Vågsæther 
Hydrogen Leakages; Safety and sustainability concerns 
  • Statkraft v/ Sigrid GuldbergStatkraft
Hydrogen safety & trust – The foundation on which we all stand
  • Equinor v/ Sylvi Høiland 
Community regulating process
  • Ullensvang kommune v/ Kristian Bondhus Jensen 
System Integrator approach 
  • TechnipFMC v/ Aurora Baardsen 


Pause- coffee and snacks 



  • Ulf Eriksen (Statkraft)
  • Ingvald Torblå ( Hardanger Industri) 
  • Heloisa Borges ( Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica) 
  • Hans Kleivdal (Norce) 
  • Sylvi Høiland ( Equinor)
  • Stian Opedal Davies ( Vice Mayor Vestland Fylke) 


Summary and finalizing 



Kraftstasjonen i Tyssedal

5750, Odda

Tyssedal power station was built in stages and was created by the architects Thorvald Astrup (1876-1940) and Victor Nordan (1962-1923), with new additions by the architect Geir Grung (1926-1989). Like Ringedalsdammen, it is reminiscent of medieval castle architecture.


The Tyssedal industrial community is a prominent example of the growth of Norway as a modern industrial nation, after the union between Norway and Sweden was dissolved in 1905. The society sheds light on local industrial development up to the major modern industrial modernisations, and provides insight into areas that are or are not documented.


As a complete industrial community, Tyssedal shows the historical era when hydropower production formed the basis for Norwegian industrial production and growing prosperity. The exploitation of the large waterfalls in the fjord areas and some inland areas gave rise to the industrial revolution in Norway.

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The organizing team

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Ingvald Torblå

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Styreleder i Hardanger Industri, direktør i Odda Technology og styreleder for Odda Digital System. 


Sveinung Føllesdal

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Konstituerande dagleg leiar/ Forretningsutviklar for Næringshagen i Ullensvang 

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