The sea is the most important transport corridor for goods. To accommodate the vessels of today ports and terminals have to be expanded and adapted to match the requirements.
Not least to ensure that a combined effect of globalisation, increased energy demand and improved wealth require increasingly more goods to be transported over long distances. Many of these goods are transported by sea, including oil and liquefied natural gas. To accommodate both more and larger vessels new ports and terminals are being built, and existing facilities and navigation channels are being expanded.
The primary source of energy is fossil fuel. To meet the increased demand, exploration and production of fossil fuels move into both deeper waters and more sensitive areas such as the arctic. Environmental awareness and the fact that fossil fuels are limited resources have intensified the development of sustainable energy sources. Similar to conventional offshore structures, offshore wind farms, tidal power and wave energy converters need to be designed to withstand the often rather harsh environmental conditions.
At DHI we offer a wide range of services for the transportation and energy production sector. We assist with optimisation of port layout, operational optimisation of hydropower plants and predict the energy production from renewable energy sources. Activities also cover the determination of loads and response of offshore structures and pipelines. The services provided by DHI combine in-house expertise and state-of-the-art technologies, which include advanced numerical models and physical modelling often supported by hydrographic, biological and chemical field surveys.