EMEC Marine Renewables Standards Workshop
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Standards and guidelines are fundamental to the development of the marine renewable sector. In 2009 the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) released a suite of 12 standards and guidelines on behalf of the marine renewable energy industry (www.emec.org.uk/standards). Topics covered include assessment of energy resources, performance of devices, guidelines for certification, grid connection, tank testing, and project development.
Each document in the suite was written by an acknowledged expert and progressed by a working group with individuals representing technology developers, regulators, academia, utilities, and project developers – a true cross-section of the marine energy industry. More than 4,000 copies of these documents have been distributed worldwide, with 6 of these being progressed via the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for global adoption as the first international standards for marine renewable energy.
As with any standards, it is important that these documents are reviewed regularly and the need for new standards identified. In March 2014, EMEC, in collaboration with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult), facilitated a workshop to review the existing suite of EMEC standards and identify areas where new standards require to be developed.
The workshop was held on Tuesday 25th March 2014 at the BMA Conference Centre, Edinburgh.
The purpose of the workshop was to:
- Review the existing EMEC standards and guidelines and their further development by the IEC;
- Investigate the requirement for new standards or guidelines in additional topic areas.
The full workshop programme is available to download below:
The draft proposal for four new marine energy standards/guidelines, which was presented in the morning session and further explored in the afternoon breakout sessions is also available to download:
The report from the workshop is available to download on the ORE Catapult website: Review of Standards for Marine Renewables (Wave & Tidal)