We propose a non-Gaussian operator-valued extension of the Barndorff-Nielsen and Shephard stochastic volatility dynamics, defined as the square-root of an operator-valued Ornstein–Uhlenbeck process with Lévy noise and bounded drift. We derive conditions for the positive definiteness of the Ornstein–Uhlenbeck process, where in particular we must restrict to operator-valued Lévy processes with “non-decreasing paths”. It turns out that the volatility model allows for an explicit calculation of its characteristic function, showing an affine structure. We introduce another Hilbert space-valued Ornstein–Uhlenbeck process with Wiener noise perturbed by this class of stochastic volatility dynamics. Under a strong commutativity condition between the covariance operator of the Wiener process and the stochastic volatility, we can derive an analytical expression for the characteristic functional of the Ornstein–Uhlenbeck process perturbed by stochastic volatility if the noises are independent. The case of operator-valued compound Poisson processes as driving noise in the volatility is discussed as a particular example of interest. We apply our results to futures prices in commodity markets, where we discuss our proposed stochastic volatility model in light of ambit fields.