Ocean Oasis and DNV

DNV summer project

Liftoff! The students selected for DNV’s Summer Project celebrating the launch of the Ocean Oasis concept project.

Picture credit: DNV/Magnus Dorati

Ocean Oasis has a strong relationship with DNV – the world’s leading technical and risk advisory company in the ocean space.

Co-founder and CTO, Thomas B. Johannessen, continues to work part-time for DNV where he holds the position of Senior Principal Specialist, Hydrodynamics & Metocean.

In 2014, Thomas mentored a group of 12 students selected for DNV’s summer student project in that year. Each summer, DNV sponsors graduate students – drawn mainly from the Nordics – to its headquarters in Oslo to work with leading scientists and engineers on technically visionary projects, typically involving the ocean. The summer project in 2014 focused on a wave-powered desalination device dubbed ‘Ocean Oasis’, and the project used the water-stressed city of Cape Town, South Africa, as a test case.

The Summer Project attracted positive internal and external attention, and many felt that DNV should take the project further. However, as a third-party provider of technical assurance, DNV normally does not design, build or operate physical assets, and therefore decided not to participate in the further commercialization of Ocean Oasis.

DNV is a signatory to the UN Global Compact’s Sustainable Ocean Principles and strongly supports technology that advances ocean health while addressing SDG #6 on access to clean water and sanitation.

Within the vast freshwater industry worldwide, we foresee that the Ocean Oasis concept may have significant niche applications, whether in terms of superior cost, convenience or resilience, or a combination of all three attributes.

Bjørn Haugland, former Chief Sustainability Officer DNV

Ocean Oasis appreciates the valuable backing given by DNV.

Sep 17, 2021