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Sustainable innovations

Ground breaking LPG conversion

DNV worked with BW LPG, the Isle of Man Ship Registry, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions and MAN Energy Solutions on a world-first conversion of a Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) to a more efficient, cleaner-burning Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) dual-fuel propulsion system.

Following conversion with two additional LPG tanks and a high-pressure liquid fuel system for the two stroke engines, the environmental benefits are significant. Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 20%, sulphur emissions are virtually eliminated (–97%), and particulates and black carbon emissions are dramatically reduced. Fuel efficiency is also enhanced by around 10%. Retrofitting has the added benefit of extending vessel lifespan, providing a significant improvement in environmental impact and carbon footprint compared to building a new vessel.

Following flag acceptance by Isle of Man Ship Registry in summer 2020, BW LPG, the world’s largest owner and operator of VLGCs, started converting 12 vessels to dual-fuel LPG engines. The first converted vessels, ‘BW Leo’ and ‘BW Gemini,’ launched later in 2020. Following successful conversion, all vessels will receive the newly-developed DNV class notation ‘GF LPG’

Zero emission ‘mosquito fleet’ for the modern day

DNV and not-for-profit, Washington Maritime Blue, are leading a consortium to design a high-speed, low-impact electric hydrofoil passenger ferry. The idea behind the innovative zero emission concept is to recreate the ‘Mosquito Fleet’ of the 1850s to the 1930s – the numerous ferries that travelled from port-to-port in Washington State like a “swarm of mosquitoes.” The project is part of Washington State’s strategy for the Blue Economy and helps to fulfil green transport goals by connecting urban, suburban and rural communities with a low-impact alternative that can help take cars off the road and reduce congestion.

The foil ferry, designed by Bieker Boats and Glosten, uses the latest innovations in hydrofoil design, lightweight carbon fibre construction and battery technology. The design includes options for fully electric propulsion or diesel-electric hybrid for extended range. The diesel-electric option offers two to three times better fuel efficiency than conventional fast ferries with the potential to save 1,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year per ferry. The fully electric version offers even greater improvements and financing has been secured to continue the development process. The project includes mapping infrastructure requirements and environmental impacts.

Supporting offshore carbon capture and storage

DNV has worked with the CarbonNet project in Victoria, Australia, to develop a commercial-scale offshore carbon capture and storage (CCS) network by 2030 that will support the decarbonization of existing and new local industries. Once operational, the CarbonNet CCS network will be large enough to store up to five million tonnes of CO2 per year for 25 years, equivalent to the emissions of one million cars every year.

Our oil and gas experts provided assurance that the storage site has been investigated in line with industry best practice and that the carbon storage will be permanent and safe. Using DNV recommended practices for geological storage of CO2 and the certification framework for CO2-storage sites, we have certified the site feasibility for CCS and verified the project appraisal plan. An independent review has confirmed that CarbonNet has met the technical and regulatory requirements for a CO2-injection licence and the project can now proceed to commercialization.

Supporting Norway’s low-carbon goals

Carbon capture and storage is part of Norway’s plan to become a low-emission society by 2050. Through late 2019 and early 2020, DNV checked and approved the technology for a full-scale carbon capture demonstration project at Norcem’s cement plant in Brevik, Norway. Cement making accounts for 5–7% of global CO2 emissions and the ‘Longship’ project intends capture, liquefy and store 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from the Norcem plant annually. In December 2020, the Longship project received funding from the Norwegian Government.

Once captured, the liquid CO2 emissions will be transported and permanently stored 2.5 km below the seabed through the Northern Lights project, Europe’s first industrial demonstration of CO2 transport and undersea storage.

Our oil and gas experts evaluated potential risks and mitigation options for the carbon capture technology, developed by Aker Solutions for Norcem’s cement plant. The carbon capture plant includes many novel elements and we verified that it meets two DNV recommended practices on technology qualification and qualification procedures for CO2 capture technology. Heidelberg Cement, Norcem’s parent company, stated that DNV’s assurance created trust that the risk to the project relating to novel technology was low.

During 2020, our experts also supported the Northern Lights carbon transport project recommending a test program for CO2 pipelines to mitigate against cracks developing and growing, and providing structural reliability analysis for wellhead fatigue.

Sourcing renewable electricity easily

Instatrust™, DNV’s new digital green power procurement platform, is an innovative way for corporate electricity buyers to meet their sourcing goals for renewable power. One of Instatrust’s™ first customers was a large European telecoms and technology provider, that quickly and easily sourced 100 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable electricity to meet its needs and help achieve its sustainability goals. Since launching in June 2020, 35 companies worldwide have signed up to Instatrust™ and 1,370 GWh of renewable energy has been added to the platform.

The tool connects energy buyers with renewable energy sellers, and provides analytics allowing them to compare, source, screen and manage the risks of green power procurement options, including corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

Instatrust™ brings more transparency and liquidity to the PPA market and delivers quicker and more efficient sourcing than traditional RFP processes. Automated scoring of seller projects using DNV’s proprietary scoring methodology allows companies to select sellers and projects with the best fit for their needs. This includes project matching and feasibility, and seller’s profile score. The platform also provides market insights and feedback to all sellers, increasing transparency within the PPA market.

DNV certification brings commercial floating wind a step closer

In 2020, our energy experts certified Naval Energies’ floater design for offshore floating wind power. With the certification, DNV has confirmed that Naval Energies’ design and calculation methods are in line with the latest standards and recommended practices.

We also approved the specific floater design for the offshore floating wind farm project in Groix and Belle-Île, France. The certification is an important step in developing this emerging technology.

Our Energy Transition Outlook report forecasts exponential growth in floating offshore wind energy in the coming decades. Growing from 100 MW today to more than 10 GW in 2030, and 250 GW in 2050 – around 2% of global power – floating offshore wind is an exciting new energy source for the future. With all new technologies, certainty and risk minimalization are key and for the successful commercialization of floating wind, certification is essential for reducing risk factors for everyone involved.

Cloud computing platform reduces IT energy footprint

OneCompute is Digital Solutions’ cloudbased computing platform providing engineering analytics software for structure, pipeline, renewables and plant applications. Many large-scale engineering projects pose problems that cannot efficiently be solved with limited on-site computing power.

Using the cloud, OneCompute software helps solve engineering problems of unprecedented scale and complexity without the need for extensive IT hardware onsite. This has numerous benefits including saving energy. By turning computers on and off according to processing demand, OneCompute helps to use IT hardware efficiently reducing energy demand. Results show that OneCompute is between 22% and 93% more energy efficient than traditional data centres.

Building trust in ocean plastic products

DNV has certified The Ocean Cleanup’s first-ever product made from plastic collected from the ocean. ‘The Ocean Cleanup sunglasses’ are certified according to DNV’s chain of custody standard for reclaimed plastic from the hydrosphere (oceans, rivers, lakes). The standard was developed by DNV in a partnership with The Ocean Cleanup and provides a best practice to certify the source and authenticity of abandoned plastic and build trust in new products made from reclaimed plastic.

The standard and certification scheme are the result of an increasing need to verify reclaimed plastic claims, setting authentic products apart from frauds. It is a public standard, available to any organization needing to build trust and transparency within their reclaimed plastic value chain.

Proceeds from the sale of the sunglasses will provide funding for further cleanup of ocean plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Ocean Cleanup estimates that proceeds from one pair of sunglasses will clean an area equivalent to 24 football fields and if every pair of sunglasses is sold, an area equivalent to half a million football fields can be cleaned. Needless to say, it is essential that consumers know they are truly contributing to cleaning the ocean and DNV’s certification provides this reassurance.

Verifying the origin of surgical masks during a pandemic

DNV’s blockchain platform has enabled Italian luxury fashion house, Giuntini, to guarantee the authenticity and quality of surgical masks it started producing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside the massive growth in demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the pandemic, there has also been a rise in counterfeiting putting people at great risk. Ensuring a steady supply of verified and traceable PPE has become essential. By applying DNV’s end-to-end, blockchain-enabled transparency, traceability and supply chain controls, Giuntini have supplied 205 million masks, helping to keep people safe during the coronavirus crisis.