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Development of International Standards and Certification schemes for Marine Energy Technologies

Priority Axis

Low Carbon Technologies

Specific objective

Low Carbon Technologies

Lead partner

Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC)





Project budget

9 284 697

ERDF amount

5 570 818

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    1. Reducing carbon emissions: There is a need to shift to non-fossil fuel energy generation.
    2. Increase collaboration between test facilities: there is a need for collaboration between the marine test facilities on consenting, best practices for testing and certification.
    3. 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)
    4. Preserving and protecting the environment: There is opportunity to share data and best practices.

    Main Achievements

    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.



    The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd

    Lloyd's Register EMEA


    Tocardo International BV

    Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre

    Stichting Koninklijk Nederlands Elektrotechnisch Comité

    Huisman Equipment BV


    POM West-Vlaanderen

    Universiteit Gent

    Damen Shipyards


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    Seven (7) mature and verified international standards and three (3) certification schemes

    Thema: Marine resources - Renewable energies
    Type: Method/tool
    Target: Business support centres and agencies - Innovation agencies - Local, regional and national authorities

    Open water pilot certification

    Thema: Marine resources - Renewable energies
    Type: Service
    Target: Business support centres and agencies - Local, regional and national authorities - SMEs /enterprises

    A series of Five (5) tests under controlled conditions in a circulation tank (FR)

    Thema: Marine resources - Renewable energies
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: Energy suppliers - Local, regional and national authorities - SMEs /enterprises