Renewables

Renewable energy, such as hydrogen, biofuel and biomass, is seen as a fuel resource that has promising roles in the reduction of CO2 emissions and sustainability due to its reusable nature. Even though they are considered safer for the environment, it does not necessarily mean that they are harmless. Preventive and protective measures need to be taken at processing facilities.

Gexcon has been involved in several renewable energy safety-related projects at locations such as processing plants, filling stations, storage and maritime applications of hydrogen and biomass handling plants. We have also conducted several large-scale experimental projects concerning the effects of hydrogen releases and explosions and biomass dust explosion hazards. We also have experience in forensic examination of dust explosion and hydrogen-related accidents and the accumulated knowledge is brought to bear on the advice we provide to our customers.

With our knowledge and expertise in renewable energy, we can assist in the design process of facilities, determining preventive and protective measures against hazards, obtaining approvals, complying with regulations and managing risks.

 

 

Related Products & Services

Hydrogen Safety Studies

Hydrogen Safety Studies

Due to its flammability, buoyancy, its ability to embrittle metals, and other properties that require engineering control, designing a hydrogen system that ensures its safe use can be a challenging process. Awareness of hydrogen hazards is critical so that early precautions can be taken, such as designing a reliable hydrogen system. 

Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory Compliance

While the primary focus of any process safety plan should be to drive the risk to a level which is ‘As Low As Reasonably Practicable’ (ALARP) to protect people, the environment and business there are several regulatory requirements that must also be met to drive continual improvement.

Modelling Studies

Modelling Studies

Companies handling flammable and/or toxic materials are exposed to hazards during storage, transporting, and processing. As such, it is crucial to understand the consequences of a potential loss of containment of a hazardous event when performing a risk assessment.

FLACS-CFD

FLACS-CFD

Explosion & Dispersion Modelling Software. Our powerful industry-leading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software simulates the dispersion of hazardous materials, fire and explosion with results that you can trust.

Incident Investigation

Incident Investigation

Over the last 40 years, Gexcon has been involved in the investigation of many high-profile accidents such as Buncefield, Piper Alpha, TWA 800, and the P-36 platform (Brazil). Leaders in the oil and gas industry and safety engineers at major hazard facilities have consistently sought the services of Gexcon to provide them with the expertise to assist in incident investigations.

Testing of Passive Fire Protection

Testing of Passive Fire Protection

A fire accident in a workplace could potentially cause devastating losses. Loss of life, damage to the property and environmental harm as well as the financial cost can be extremely serious. Understanding how to avoid potential fire accidents and how to mitigate the consequences is essential.      

Gas, Vapour and Liquid Explosion Properties Testing

Gas, Vapour and Liquid Explosion Properties Testing

The handling of gases, liquids and selected substances may constitute risks for explosions. Knowing the properties related to the risk of these materials, such as the ignition and explosion characteristics, is therefore essential.  By being aware of the properties of materials handled in your plant or used in your products, it allows the necessary safety precautions to be taken to…

Dust Explosion Properties Testing

Dust Explosion Properties Testing

Gexcon offers a wide range of standardised tests for the determination of the ignition and explosion properties of dusts. Being aware of the properties of materials handled in your plant or used in your products will allow you to take the necessary safety precautions and to prevent explosions and reduce the consequences. Gexcon performs tests to determine the explosion characteristics…

Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)

Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)

Most industries work with potentially hazardous materials, either they are in the form of gases, liquids, or dust. Knowing how these materials are potentially harmful, it is an obligation for companies working with such materials to identify and evaluate the dangers involved.

Process Safety & Risk Management

Process Safety & Risk Management

Facilities, where complex industrial processes or hazardous materials such as flammable dust, gases, or liquids are involved, are always associated with hazards. 

Expert Training

Expert Training

One of our core objectives is to improve the knowledge of others to ensure that lessons are learned from such incidents. Gexcon provides training across all levels to raise the competence of your staff from basic awareness training through to in-depth courses. 

Shell FRED

Shell FRED

FRED (Fire, Release, Explosion and Dispersion) is Shell’s consequence modelling tool, available exclusively through Gexcon.

Shell Shepherd

Shell Shepherd

Shepherd is Shell’s quantitative risk analysis (QRA) tool, available exclusively through Gexcon.

FLACS-EFFECTS

FLACS-EFFECTS

A loss-of-containment scenario in the (petro)chemical industry can be devastating, for both property and human life. EFFECTS is easy-to-use, affordable software that helps safety professionals calculate and analyse the effects of these scenarios and develop the right prevention or containment protocols.

FLACS-RISKCURVES

FLACS-RISKCURVES

Comprehensive quantitative risk analysis. The storage and transport of hazardous materials impose risks to the surrounding population and structures.

Shell PIPA

Shell PIPA

PIPA is Shell’s Pre-Incident Planning tool, available exclusively through Gexcon.

Explosion Mitigation System Testing

Explosion Mitigation System Testing

Gexcon’s testing sites in Norway are available for gas and dust explosion testing. These facilities are often used to test equipment designed to either withstand the impact of gas and/ or dust explosions or to protect against the consequences of such explosions.    

Ignition Hazard Assessment for Mechanical Equipment and Protective Systems

Ignition Hazard Assessment for Mechanical Equipment and Protective Systems

A potentially explosive atmosphere exists when a mixture of air, gases, vapours, mists or dust combine in a way that can ignite under certain operating conditions. In this kind of atmosphere, special attention should be given to the equipment and protective systems that are being used for operational purposes as they might cause an explosion through friction, hot surfaces and…

Testing for Obtaining Transportation Classification

Testing for Obtaining Transportation Classification

During the transportation of certain materials, several hazardous situations can occur. One of them is gas development due to the fact that transported goods may come into contact with water. The gas developed in most cases is hydrogen, which is highly explosive when mixed with air. Toxic gases may also develop. Therefore, a test method has been developed and described…

FLACS-Frequency

FLACS-Frequency

A Web-Based Tool for Release Frequency Assessment. Accidental release of a flammable or toxic fluid is a key risk driver at many process facilities.

Research Projects

Research Projects

Gexcon has participated in various research projects throughout the years. Our expertise is particularly relevant in estimating and mitigating the consequences of major industrial accidents. Recent initiatives have focused on hazards associated with emerging technologies for conventional and renewable energy production, including hydrogen safety, biofuels, solar panel production, vapour cloud explosions (VCE), rapid phase transitions (RPT), production, storage and use…

Testing Facilities

Testing Facilities

Gexcon’s testing facilities are categorised according to the size of the testing: small, medium and large-scale testing facilities.    

Related Courses

FLACS I Course

  FLACS I Course

This course covers the standard modules in FLACS, such as geometry import and generation, gas dispersion, explosion, and fire, as well as liquid pool spread. It also comprises presentations on validations, explosion mitigation, QA and probabilistic risk analysis (Including a FLACS-Risk demonstration). This course combines theory, demonstrations, and practical exercises with FLACS software. Therefore, students will be required to practice…

Gas Explosion Hazards Course

  Gas Explosion Hazards Course

Gas explosions are unfortunately still common in the process industry and can lead to injuries, fatalities, property damage, business interruption and environmental pollution. In fact, gas explosions are the biggest contributor to losses in the hydrocarbon industry. It is therefore of paramount importance to reduce the risks when handling flammable gases and vapours.   This course is looking into gas…

Dust Explosion Hazards Course

  Dust Explosion Hazards Course

Dust explosions still occur on a regular basis in the process industry causing injuries, fatalities, property damage, business interruption, and environmental pollution. This is in spite of the wealth and knowledge available to prevent the accident and to reduce the consequences to a minimum.   In this two-day advanced course on dust and powder explosion hazards, you will learn all…

Latest News

Gexcon’s Chief Training Officer presented on the importance of safety in the transition towards clean and renewable energy at Mexico’s Anáhuac University’s Business and Energy Forum 2020

Gexcon’s Chief Training Officer presented on the importance of safety in the transition towards clean and renewable energy at Mexico’s Anáhuac University’s Business and Energy Forum 2020

(Spanish version below) Gexcon’s Dr. Franz Zdravistch presented on the importance of understanding hazards and maintaining safety in the hydrogen industry. On October 15th, Dr. Franz Zdravistch, Gexcon’s Chief Training Officer, spoke about hydrogen safety during Mexico’s Business and Energy Forum 2020 held virtually by the Anáhuac University. Dr. Zdravistch

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Gexcon to Present at Anáhuac University Mexico’s Business and Energy Forum 2020

Gexcon to Present at Anáhuac University Mexico’s Business and Energy Forum 2020

Gexcon US’s Business Development Director, Mr. Miguel Navarro, and Gexcon AS’s Principal Engineer and Chief Training Officer, Dr. Franz Zdravistch, will be presenting at Anáhuac University Mexico’s Business and Energy Forum 2020 that will be held from October 12th to 16th. This year’s forum’s main topic is “Compliance with SDG 7: Towards a Transition to Affordable and Non-Pollutant Energy”. The

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