DNV JIP focuses on grid sustainability 30 November 2023

DNV JIP grid power transformers

DNV has initiated a joint industry project (JIP) that will address the environmental impact of power transformers.

The transition to a green future requires energy sources and the energy infrastructure itself to become more environmentally friendly. The sustainability and carbon intensity of materials used in power grid equipment, especially large power transformers, as well as their performance play a role in the ongoing development of the energy sector in an environmentally friendly way. By establishing standardised sustainability practices, the project seeks to enhance stakeholder confidence and promote an eco-friendlier energy sector.

The JIP's key objectives include defining standardised boundaries and key performance indicators for power transformers, developing a recommended Life Cycle Assessment methodology, establishing a basis for material passport and Environmental Product Declaration reports, and creating an assessment methodology for various end-user segments.

The JIP's outcome will be a DNV Recommended Practice, providing a foundation for communication among power transformer stakeholders on sustainability parameters, terminology, data quality and life cycle assessment.

Partners include Siemens Energy, Hitachi, SGB-SMIT Group, R&S Group, Ormazabal, HSP/Trench Group, TenneT TSO, Elia Group, Amprion TSO, Westnetz, Thyssen Krupp Electrical Steel, Essexwire, JFE steel corporation, Nippon Steel, Metal One, M&I Materials (Midel), Nynas, Cargil, Ergon, and Electrical Oil Services. The JIP is currently in the first round of technical workshops, and the application process remains open for additional partners interested in participating.

Christina Iosifidou, sustainability manager at Siemens Energy Grid Technologies, said “By using the same methodology, we can harmonise sustainability evaluation for high voltage equipment in the energy industry. Such an aligned framework between suppliers, customers and OEMs will increase transparency and reduce efforts on all sides”.

DNV JIP lead Mohammad Reza Shah Mohammadi, said: “DNV invites organisations that share their vision of a more sustainable future for the high voltage industry to join this initiative. By collaborating with industry leaders and experts, the JIP aims to drive positive change and pave the way for a greener and more resilient energy sector.”

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