Invitation to participate in Safe Energy Carriers

17.08.2021

Invitation to participate – Innovation project SAFEN (Safe Energy Carriers)

Risk management of renewable sector technologies involving hydrogen, ammonia, and CO2 faces a range of challenges, which impedes the effective introduction of climate-friendly solutions. New technology introduces new types of incidents and accompanying consequences, which must be understood beforehand to facilitate safe introduction of the technology.

Safetec and partners (Proactima, Vysus Group, Gexcon, and DNV) invite the industry to participate in SAFEN – Safe Energy Carriers, an Innovation project to:

  • Enable safe and cost-efficient design solutions across the renewables sector by increasing the knowledge of risks related to hydrogen, ammonia and CO2 releases
  • Set up a database system, like OREDA, to enable effective sharing of knowledge and data

A workshop was arranged earlier this year where several potential partners attended and provided valuable input to the project development process. Based on the already positive feedback from industry, we aim to kick-off the project in Q4 2021/Q1 2022, dependent on confirmed financial support.

The SAFEN Innovation project initiative has been established to address knowledge gaps in the driving factors for the occurrence of undesirable incidents. The first principle in risk management is to avoid incidents from materialising. Therefore, we need to understand how to control emerging conditions that may lead to disruption and unacceptable consequences. This understanding can only be established if we look for the potential causes involving both technical and human factors. Moreover, we need to understand the nature of potential accident situations that we need to mitigate by barriers to limit the consequences. A detailed consequence analysis has little value unless the scenarios we analyse represent the risks we need to control.

In general, similar to risk management of all types of risks we are exposed to, we need to balance the costs with the risk governing requirements. The latter may vary across different sectors and countries, but a common challenge is our ability to describe the underlying risk picture adequately. In order to effectively scrutinise the conditions driving occurrence of incidents, high quality recordings of relevant incidents from a large-scale controlled populations are required. Therefore, we strongly believe in initiating a project facilitating international collaboration to enable the development and maintenance of a database, which enables effective sharing and learning of how to reduce driving risk factors and also provides a benchmark to help understand the consequence reducing barriers.

We invite all interested partners to work with us to learn and share knowledge to control the risks in the best way when introducing new technologies. We will arrange workshops in early September 2021 to present and discuss the project proposals more in detail. Are you interested in participating or would you like more information? If so, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact persons for project:

Ingar Fossan, ingar.fossan@safetec.no

Linda Fløttum, linda.flottum@safetec.no

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