DBI Strategic Research

Energy and Transport

DBI will be a Danish knowledge centre for fire safety for transport and renewable energy with a broad and interdisciplinary range of competence and tools for risk analysis, testing and simulation. In this way, DBI will strengthen existing fire safety in the field and contribute to a safe, green transition by ensuring that new technologies have an acceptable level of safety.

New technologies accelerating the green transition are currently emerging in the areas of renewable energy and maritime transport. This leads to new fire risks, as existing tools and regulations in the area cannot always be used to achieve a satisfactory level of safety. At the same time, incidents such as fires on container ships show that current regulations and practices in the area are not always sufficient to handle the risk.

DBI will help customers and stakeholders in the energy and transport sectors with these challenges. This will, on one hand, increase existing fire safety and, on the other, ensure that fire safety is not a barrier to new technologies, so that they can be put on the market and implemented more quickly. DBI will thus contribute to accelerating a safe, green transition. Initially, DBI will focus on wind energy, container ships and Power-to-X, but the number of areas will grow in the long term and follow the needs of customers and society.

DBI will use its broad range of expertise and competence, which include interdisciplinary risk assessment of complicated environments, assistance with product development, testing, consultancy and simulations. This will enable DBI to propose acceptable safety levels for new technologies and indicate how they can be incorporated into the existing rules and practices. A holistic, interdisciplinary approach to fire and safety enables DBI to offer advanced services that can meet customers’ needs on the technical, social and organisational levels, in relation to known challenges and new technologies.


Project Manager
Thomas Hulin
Head of Energy and Transport, PhD
+45 22 81 84 66

thu@dbigroup.dk


Safe P2X

Safe P2X

Hydrogen plays a key role in Power-to-X solutions to produce e-fuels. There is a need for development of new safety solutions for hydrogen, but it can be challenging to find a way through approval processes as an SME. DBI is part of an EUDP funded project demonstrating a new hydrogen sensor. Using this process as a case, the project will develop a guide for SME’s looking to develop technological solutions for the Power-to-X field.
Project lead
Freja V. Dunkerly
Research Consultant

The project was initiated in January 2022 and ends in December 2023. Read more
Contain

Offshore Hydrogen Wind Turbine

Offshore Hydrogen Wind Turbine (OHWT) is a development project supported by EUDP (the Danish Energy Agency). The project is executed in cooperation with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Green Hydrogen Systems, Aalborg University (AAU) and Energy Cluster Denmark.
Project lead
Aqqalu Ruge
Project Manager

The project runs from: January 2021 to June 2023 Read more
Contain

CARGOSAFE (EMSA study on containership fires)

Global trade depends on container ship freight, and it is more vulnerable than we might think. Recent events such as COVID-19 and the obstruction of the Suez Canal have demonstrated how easily shipping can be disrupted.
Project lead
Anders V. Kristensen
Project Manager

The project runs from: December 2021 and will run for 60 weeks Read more
Metanol til Læsø Rederi

Methanol for Læsø Rederi

A transition to Power-to-X fuels, such as methanol, can play a part in reducing climate impact and make maritime traffic greener. However, 30 procent of a ships CO2 emissions come from the construction rather than operations. This project investigates the emissions-reducing potential of retrofitting ships running on diesel to support a green dual fuel model using methanol and fuel cells, rather than constructing new ships.
Project lead
Alexander Kleiman
Project Manager

The project runs from: January 2022 to December 2022 Read more
Contain

Public perception and social acceptance of Power-to-X technologies

This project highlights crucial dimensions of public safety perception and social acceptance of renewable energy technologies, which are of key in understanding and ensuring successful and sustainable implementation, acceptance, and usage of Power-to-X technologies.
Project lead
Mette Marie V. Karsten
Lead Anthropologist (PhD)

The project runs from: January 2022 to December 2022 Read more
ELBAS

Electric Vehicle Fires at Sea: New Technologies and Methods For Suppression, Containment, and Extinguishing for Battery Car Fires On Board Ships (ELBAS)

The overall goal is to present new, holistic fire strategies for EV battery fires at sea to prevent and manage potential increase in fires as EVs make up a growing part of the Danish car fleet.
Project lead
Alexander Kleiman
Project Manager

The project runs from: 2 September 2021 to 2 September 2022 Read more
challenges, opportunities and approval processes for operators within Power-to-X.

Uncovering of challenges, opportunities and approval processes for Danish and Norwegian operators within Power-to-X.

Strong collaboration between organisations, authorities and companies are crucial to successful and secure implementation of green P2X technologies. That is why we go into depth with the human and organisational aspects to contribute to a comprehensive picture of opportunities, challenges, security and risk within P2X.
Project lead
Mette Marie V. Karsten
Lead Anthropologist (PhD)

The project runs from: 2 September 2021 to 2 September 2022 Read more
Contain

Project Brint i Brande (Hydrogen in Brande)

Project Brint i Brande (Hydrogen in Brande) is a unique Power-to-X test site, that has allowed DBI a practical insight into the safety surrounding hydrogen production, and stimulated new perspectives on the possibilities and challenges for hydrogen in climate friendly energy and transport, the development of new fuel types and other uses in the green transition
Project lead
Thomas Hulin
Head of Energy and Transport, PhD

The project ran from: January 2021 to May 2021 Read more
Contain

Contain

Fires on board container ships are an increasing problem on a global scale. Historically, these fires have proven to be extremely complex and difficult to manage.
Project lead
Thomas Hulin
Head of Energy and Transport, PhD

The project runs from: 1 November 2019 to 31 December 2020 Read more
Contain

E-ferry

The project's aim is to design, build and demonstrate a 100% electrically-powered "green" ferry. The ferry will be able to transport passengers, cars and lorries on full scale over longer distances than seen hitherto.
Project lead
Carsten Møller
Research and Innovation Consultant

The project ran from: 1 June 2015 to 31 May 2020 Read more
FIRST

FIRST

The purpose of the project is to optimize the fire safety for future autonomous ships. We want to provide a foundation for a holistic fire strategy for autonomous small ferries in Denmark.
Project lead
Carsten Møller
Research and Innovation Consultant

The project ran from: January 1st 2018 to March 31st 2019 Read more
New fire strategies in the wake of Umoe Ventus

New fire strategies in the wake of Umoe Ventus

The purpose of this project is to rethink and strengthen fire-fighting on board especially-exposed FRP vessels, by developing new guidelines for fire prevention, based on experience from the Umoe Ventus accident.
Project lead
Carsten Møller
Research and Innovation Consultant

The project ran from: 1 March to 9 February 2018 Read more
New fire strategies in the wake of Umoe Ventus

Blue battery

The aim of the project is to improve fire safety in battery systems at sea. This is achieved by investigating previous fires in battery systems and as recommendations for future use of maritime battery systems.
Project lead
Carsten Møller
Research and Innovation Consultant

The project ran from: 1 April to 22 december 2017 Read more
New fire strategies in the wake of Umoe Ventus

Smoke and toxicity at sea

The project's overall purpose is to achieve a basis for a future Danish strategy for FRP components for maritime construction. This will be achieved by documenting any safety risks in relation to the smoke emissions of approved FRP products. The project's results will hereby contribute to strengthening fire safety on vessels with FRP components.
Project lead
Carsten Møller
Research and Innovation Consultant

The project ran from: 1 August 2016 to 30 September 2017 Read more
COMPASS

COMPASS

The purpose of the COMPASS project was to facilitate the design process for passenger vessels in lightweight composites for shipyards, suppliers and shipping companies. The purpose was also to facilitate the approval process for civil vessels with lightweight composite components.
Project lead
Carsten Møller
Research and Innovation Consultant

The project ran from: 1 January 2014 to 30 September 2016 Read more

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