DNV to study offshore hydrogen production
Norwegian risk management and quality assurance firm DNV said July 15 it would lead a study to examine the risks associated with what could be the world’s first offshore hydrogen production facility.
Using power from an offshore wind energy facility off the coast of France, green hydrogen developer Lhyfe plans to have the facility at an area test site up and running by next year.
“DNV’s experts will undertake workshops and technical sessions to identify and analyse the main environmental, safety, and operational risks associated with the project,” the Norwegian company said.
Green hydrogen uses renewable energy to power an electrolyser to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. If realised, it would be the first time that green hydrogen production is developed offshore.
“This is potentially a watershed project, one we are excited to be supporting during the FEED stage,” said Santiago Blanco, the regional director for DNV in southern Europe. “Proving the safety of such activities, particularly with new technologies, to gain acceptance and move them closer to adoption, is vital for the industry and stakeholders.”
Apart from a review of any relevant standards and regulations, DNV will examine floating barges and fuel cells for hydrogen as part of its study.
The results of a July survey from DNV of more than 1,000 senior energy professionals and industry executives showed that 84% of the respondents said that hydrogen could be a major part of the energy transition. A little more than half, some 55%, said they only entered the hydrogen space in the last three years, while 45% said it accounted for less than 1% of their current revenue stream.