Hydrogen as an energy carrier can, in the long term, contribute significantly to the diversifcation of energy sources and to the development of sustainable alternatives to fossil energy sources like oil and gas, and hence contribute to securing national energy supplies. Hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources and from fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage can contribute to emission reductions. Hydrogen, particularly when used in fuel cells, have the potential to contribute to reduced environmental loads from the transport sector.
DNV Research & Innovation has carried out and taken active part in a range of activities and projects related to hydrogen in general and hydrogen safety in particular. In line with DNV's purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, the safe introduction of hydrogen as an energy carrier has been a main focus area for DNV's hydrogen activities.
Most of our projects are carried out in cooperation with several external partners. Examples of such activities are the EU supported projects H2SusBuild, HySafe, HyApproval, HyWays and EIHP2 or international activities in the framework of IEA Annex 19 on Hydrogen Safety. DNV is also actively involved in hydrogen networks through the Board of the Norwegian Hydrogen Forum, the Norwegian Hydrogen Council and now the Interim Executive Board of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety (HySafe).
Based on our hydrogen competence development over serveral years, DNV offers hydrogen services to our customers through DNV's unit for Cleaner Energy. DNV can support hydrogen safety challenges, approval for hydrogen facilities, as well as regulation, codes and standards (RCS) issues. DNV also certifies hydrogen equipment and components according to e.g. the European ATEX and PED directives. DNV's hydrogen services support the safe development of hydrogen as an energy carrier in the transport sector and the increased utilisation of hydrogen in energy production as well as in in the process industry and refineries.