Research and Innovation

Tackling global transformation with foresight and insight

DNV allocates 5% of our annual revenue to strategic research, technology development, and innovation to provide a trusted voice and value to our customers and society at large.

The corporate research and development unit provides scientific insights, thought leadership, and forecasts. We focus our research on the impacts of decarbonization and digitalization for a wide range of industries, including the maritime, energy, healthcare, and food industry. In addition, we conduct research on digital assurance, the energy transition, supply chains, and the ocean space. We publish our research in scientific journals and in position papers.

A selection of our research projects and publications can be found in our Research Review 2021

Innovation through collaboration – joint industry projects

DNV leverages its role as an independent party with no vested interest in proprietary technologies by leading a range of joint industry projects. These projects bring together business and academia to co-create problem solving or technological solutions and often result in global industry standards and best practices. 

Get the overview of the projects here.

A suite of Energy Transition Outlook reports

Our most popular and widely referenced research publication is the Energy Transition Outlook (ETO), which was downloaded by more than 30,000 people last year. 

In 2021, the suite of ETO publications included four additional reports: Technology Progress Report; Financing the Energy Transition; Maritime Forecast to 2050, and the Pathway to Net Zero Emissions report.

The ocean economy towards 2050

How will ocean-based industries develop towards 2050? How much ocean space will they take up and what are the barriers to growth? Those were some of the questions that our researchers explored in the Ocean’s Future to 2050 report

It provides a forecast of investments and operating expenditures in maritime transportation and ship services, offshore energy, offshore aquaculture, coastal and cruise tourism, as well as in new industries like water desalination.

Exploring AI technologies

DNV’s Group Research and Development unit collaborates with nine universities across the world. This includes the sponsoring of professorships and PhD students, lectures by our employees, and the supervision of students, as well as collaboration projects. 

Last year, our Artificial Intelligence Research Centre started a research collaboration with Fudan University in Shanghai, China. 

The main area of this collaboration is to develop methods to test and assure AI and AI-enabled systems. This is essential for DNV’s future role as a globally leading assurance provider because the independent assurance of cyber-physical or fully digital assets will become at least as important as the assurance of physical assets.