ComputIT awarded R&D contract on hydrogen safety by the Research Council of Norway

ComputIT has been awarded a major R&D contract from the Research Council of Norway on modeling of hydrogen combustion for industrial safety analyses. The R&D contract was won in strong competition with a large number of submitted project proposals from other companies. The total budget of the hydrogen safety R&D project is NOK 8.0 million for the period 2016-2018, and the Research Council of Norway's BIA program for industry-oriented research will be funding 50% of the project costs.

Hydrogen will be an important energy carrier in an environmentally friendly and sustainable
society. Safe storage and handling of large quantities of hydrogen is a challenge. Consequences of hydrogen accidents could be very dramatic with potential loss of lives and extensive material and economic costs. For planning, design and operation of hydrogen facilities and infrastructure, reliable explosion and fire safety analyses will be decisive for acceptance by regulating authorities and the public.

The purpose of the present project is to develop models for prediction of consequences
of hydrogen fire and explosion for realistic conditions. The work will be based on the advanced simulation technology KAMELEON FIREEX KFX, and will result in a reliable industrial predictive tool for increased hydrogen safety. The results from the project will be useful within the process industry, the transport sector, the nuclear power industry and industry related to renewable energy.

KFX is an internationally leading, industrial simulation tool for three-dimensional, time-dependent calculations of gas dispersion, explosion and fire for realistic conditions in the petroleum industry. It is based on more than 40 years of R&D activities at ComputIT, NTNU and SINTEF in Norway.

The awarded contract recognizes the high quality of ComputIT's industrial R&D activities within modeling of dispersion of hazardous materials, explosions and fires to obtain a safer industry and society.

Contact person: Dr. Kjell Erik Rian, e-mail: computit(at)

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