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.
MET-CERTIFIED aims to increase the adoption of insurable and therefore bankable marine energy projects in the 2 SEAS region through the development of internationally recognised standards and certification schemes in the sector.
The project started of in 2017 by organising five 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.
In parallel, 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’, which required the collection of resource and power generation data to evaluate the performance of tidal energy devices. Certification Bodies DNV-GL and Lloyds Register focussed on the implementation of IEC's 'Technical Specification Design Requirements and Moorings. This requires the collection of design data and calculations to evaluate the design integrity of the device. In parallel, test laboratory IFREMER from France tested four scale model devices under controlled conditions in their circulation tank. The set-up and methods of testing formed the basis of feedback and recommendations made to IEC’s ‘Project Team 62600-202 Scale testing of tidal stream energy systems.
A full scale pilot will be designed, build and installed by Tocardo. Despite significant advancements in the design and UK site preparation, this part of the work is expected to be further delayed due to the re-start of Tocardo in 2018, land due to lack of feed-in support in the UK and effects of Brexit . Tocardo is still confident that the pilot can be built and proposes in consultation with JS to prepare a (technical) modification to shift the pilot location to the Netherlands.