(EnergyAsia, October 30, Friday) — Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a global provider of risk management services, said it recently set up a clean energy unit in London, UK to support the country’s renewable energy industries which include wind, wave, tidal and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

DVN said the new office is co-located with its maritime and energy operations in London supported by offices in Manchester and Aberdeen. It is also an integral part of  the company’s global cleaner energy and utilities competence centres in Europe and North America.

DNV Energy chief operating officer Remi Eriksen said the new unit will accommodate at least 25 specialists within a year.

“We want to strengthen our position in the UK with a dedicated unit to support the renewable and clean energy industries. The UK energy market is leading on in several areas, and DNV aims to mirror this development with its portfolio of risk based services and standards,” he said.

Mr Eriksen predicts that DNV’s global cleaner energy unit will continue its growth from 250 to over 500, with the UK accounting for at least 50 people by the end of 2012.

Wind and carbon dioxide in focus

Donald Brown, who will be heading the UK unit, said that it will be focusing on new and emerging energy technologies, which can significantly impact and mitigate the causes of climate change. Specifically, the UK team will be supporting players in the wind, wave and tidal energy, CCS and conventional power generation sectors.

Karen Conover, who will be heading DNV’s wind segment from the new London office, said she and will continue to develop the company to become the world’s leading service provider to the wind industry.  The services will cover a project’s entire life-cycle – including energy resource assessment, onshore and offshore technology applications, in addition to certification of wind turbines to DNV’s wind turbine standard.  She said her mission is also to transfer knowledge and technology between North America, Europe and Asia.

Knowledge sharing and standards

DNV said the UK operation will play a major role in tackling the technical challenges associated with the qualification and implementation of large-scale, commercially viable carbon capture, transmission and storage schemes.

The company said it will be leading the way with global joint industry projects covering the whole carbon capture and storage value chain. The European Commission has also asked DNV to facilitate Europe’s CCS development.

“All this knowledge-sharing and standard-setting work is providing the industry stakeholders and regulators alike with the necessary impartial knowledge to guide safe and sustainable development,” said Mr Brown.