SAFEN is officially ongoing!


The innovation project SAFEN – Safe Energy Carriers – has finally started. The project aims to close the identified knowledge gaps in understanding failure mechanisms, hazards and accident situations in renewable technologies involving hydrogen, ammonia and carbon capture and storage. 

SAFEN is a joint industry project, and it was formally kicked-off last week.

– We have been working with this for two years, and I am very pleased that the project is now ongoing. This is a very important innovation project for Safetec and our strategy for renewable energy, says Jorunn Seljelid, Managing Director of Safetec Norway.

Safetec will lead the project along with a very strong team of consultants and asset owners. Equinor, Vår Energi, Yara, Aker Clean Hydrogen, Origin Energy (Australia), Gassco, Gen2 Energy and DSB are participating with funding, data and knowledge in the project. In addition, the consultancies Gexcon, Proactima, Vysus and DNV are joining Safetec in executing the project.

– Working together is crucial to find safe and cost-effective risk management solutions for the renewables sector, says project manager Linda Fløttum from Safetec.

SAFEN will develop methods and toolkits for hydrogen, ammonia and CO2 risk assessments. Furthermore, a central objective in the SAFEN project is to leverage interest and setting up an environment for sharing of data. ­

– We believe sharing of data is a key enabler to increasing the knowledge in the industry, says innovation manager in Safetec, Ingar Fossan. – If data is shared among operators, this will tenfold the value of their own proprietary data.

The project is planned executed over a two-year period. The budget for the first phase of the project is about 8 MNOK.

– The results from the SAFEN project are urgent for the industry as several large-scale hydrogen and ammonia facilities are already in the planning phase, says Linda Fløttum.

If you are interested in joining SAFEN or want to know more about this innovation project, please contact project manager Linda Fløttum ( or innovation manager Ingar Fossan (

You can also read more about the project here.


Jorunn Seljelid, Linda Fløttum og Ingar Fossan

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