Project budget9 284 697 €
ERDF amount5 570 818 €
- Reducing carbon emissions: There is a need to shift to non-fossil fuel energy generation.
- Increase collaboration between test facilities: there is a need for collaboration between the marine test facilities on consenting, best practices for testing and certification.
- Increase innovative capacity: There is a need for cooperation between supply chain, networks and developers to implement cost-effective innovations for marine energy generation (wave & tidal)
- Preserving and protecting the environment: There is opportunity to share data and best practices.
This project brings together stakeholders across the 2 Seas region in a coordinated effort to demonstrate the first internationally recognised certified tidal power technologies for both floating and dam integrated markets in the 2 Seas region by 2019. The expected result of the project is increased adoption of insurable and therefore bankable tidal power project arrays in the 2 Seas region and beyond. Additionally, existing networks will be connected and reinforced through this project dealing with policy, governance, SMEs, supply chain, technology and environment in the field of marine energy.
- Seven (7) mature and verified international standards & three (3) certification schemes
- Three (3) certification pilots for existing devices: submerged (UK), dam-integrated, floating (NL) avoiding 2482tons CO2/y
- Four (4) scale tests under controlled conditions (FR)
- Demonstration of 500kW floating tidal turbine avoiding 690tons of CO2/y (UK)
- Best practices for International Open-Water Test Centres
- Marine Innovation Site North Sea (BE)
- Barriers and bottlenecks to market uptake (EU)
- Stakeholder events on certification (EU)
- Roadmap for innovation and business development
Cross border approach
Development of a certification scheme requires cross-border understanding on technical requirements and needs. Experts and stakeholders that can contribute to this process are located in the 2 Seas region: DNV-GL, Lloyd's Register and EMEC offer know-how of the UK market. France has unique test facilities, Belgium has interest to develop marine test sites and The Netherlands offer offshore capabilities. This Project offers a unique opportunity for experts, developers, test facilities, networks and maritime supply chain to collaborate on increasing the adoption of marine energy generation.
The project started of in 2017 by organising 5 trans-national workshops in NL, UK, France, Belgium and Nantes to raise awareness about certification and to collect feedback from stakeholders.
In 2018, we hosted a seminar dedicated to finances and launched a series of video testimonials about the role of certification to get access to funding. Also an online forum was created as a tool to built a community around certification. Three real world pilots were reviewed; a dam-integrated installation (NL) and two floating foundations (UK), one by Tocardo and the other from SME/Schottel. Recommendation for improvements of certification were produced for all three pilots and promoted and distributed to the Technical Committees of IEC and via paper presentations at conferences. EMEC focused on IEC’s ‘Technical Specification for Power Performance Assessment’. Certification Bodies DNV-GL and Lloyds Register focussed on the implementation of IEC's 'Technical Specification Design Requirements and Moorings. In parallel, test lab IFREMER tested four scale model devices under controlled conditions. The learnings form feedback and recommendations to IEC’s ‘Project Team 62600-202 Scale testing of tidal stream energy systems.
In 2019, experts from DMEC, EMEC, DNV-GL and LR advanced a number of Technical Specifications and Operational Documents under the IEC scheme. Notably on Technology Qualification and Loads Measurements. Both will be published early 2020.
In Feb 2019, UG and POM organised the ELBE seminar to bring together Belgium stakeholders and raise awareness about certificaiton. In 2019, NL hosted the IEC annual plenary meeting. Over 60 experts from 10 countries convened at the NEN offices. DMEC organised a visit to DELTARES, a site visit along projects in the province of North- Holland and a network dinner. Also in April, the project was showcased at the 2SEAS Mid-Term review. In May, a joint workshop with the OPERA-project was hosted during All Energy in Glasgow. Real-world experience was shared from the OPERA and MET-CERTIFIED projects in applying the IEC standards to real world wave and tidal energy deployments. POM published a study on how marine test facilities can learn lessons from other industries. From May 2019, significant effort went into a new MM3 and dealing with the bankrupcy of Tocardo. Two scenario's for replacing Tocardo were elaborated: with SME and Nijhuis Pompen. We expect a way forward early 2020