Research and Innovation

Co-creating the future

In an era characterized by speed and complexity, DNV GL’s sustained investment of 5% of its revenues in research and development, and our role as an expert catalyst of collaborative innovation and standard-setting across businesses and industries has never been more relevant.

Joint industry projects

Advances in digitalization and the urgency of decarbonization are twin forces driving our innovation in safety, cost and efficiency improvements.

Through 2017, there were close to 100 joint industry projects (JIPs) and joint development projects active across the DNV GL group. DNV GL initiates and runs more JIPs than any other organization in the industries we serve: they are vital mechanisms linking the private sector, academia and regulatory authorities in co-creating technological solutions, and global rules, standards and guidelines. Learn more about our latest JIPs and other collaborative projects in Maritime, Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables and in Digital Solutions.

Strategic research and innovation

Our long-term research programmes are intended to help prepare our customers and ourselves for the future by generating new knowledge in key technology areas that have a long-term impact on the industries we serve. We devote 1% of our revenue to this strategic research and innovation effort.

We constantly evaluate the impact of our findings on our customers and their markets, and tailor our research programmes to respond to developing trends. Current research activities are directed towards mastering digital technologies and complex cyber-physical systems, and in developing future business and delivery models.

The present research portfolio includes programmes on:

  • Maritime – research and innovation that contributes to safer, smarter and greener shipping, while preparing DNV GL for future developments in technology and regulations
  • Oil and Gas – helping to position DNV GL at the forefront of risk-based and model-centric services on system level
  • Energy transition – help DNV GL and its stakeholders to understand the changing energy landscape
  • Power and Renewables - building competence, methods and tools to achieve competitive advantage and prepare DNV GL for the future of the rapidly changing energy industry
  • Life sciences – build knowledge that will help to establish a position for DNV GL within quality assurance and data sharing to enable the implementation of precision medicine
  • Digital assurance – focusing on emerging Digital Technologies and Cyber-Physical Systems in Autonomous Applications
  • Ocean space – positioning DNV GL at the forefront of selected ocean technologies

Most of our research programmes are staffed with experts on assignment from business operations, and all our programmes involve a wide range of collaborative projects leveraging co-funding from a range of sources.

The programmes also regularly issue position papers to highlight research findings and advance knowledge and progress on safer, smarter and greener operations. During 2017, a dozen position papers were published and broadly shared with the public.

The 2017 Group Technology and Research Review provides a guide to recent position papers, selected research projects, technical competence building activities and our collaboration with universities. In addition, the review includes a comprehensive publications list. Of these publications from 2017, one stands out, as described more fully below: the DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook 2050.

Energy Transition Outlook

More than 70% of DNV GL’s business relates to energy in one form or the other. That is why having a clear view of the business implications of the ongoing energy transition is of strategic importance both to DNV GL and to our customers.

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DNV GL has an equal, substantial footprint, in both the oil and gas and power & renewables industries and is well placed to produce a technology-centric and neutral view of the energy future. With this in mind, we researched and released our inaugural Energy Transition Outlook in September 2017.

Our Outlook models the energy future through to 2050 and is presented as a forecast, not a scenario. Over 100 DNV GL experts were involved in the production of the outlook, which was reviewed by a large network of external experts. Broadly speaking, we forecast a rapid energy transition, with renewables and fossil sources split roughly equally by 2050. Pervasive electrification and energy efficiency gains are likely to lead to a flattening of overall energy demand, despite continued growth in population and GDP.

In addition to global forecast figures, our Outlook covers 10 world regions. The main publication, together with its three supplements looking at the implications of our forecast for the Maritime, Oil & Gas and Power & Renewables industries, have been very well received and have generated many valuable discussions with customers and other stakeholders around the world. We will be releasing the 2018 version of our outlook at the end of August.