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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)

Begindatum

01/09/2016

Einddatum

30/06/2021

Project budget

9 284 697

ERDF amount

5 570 818

ERDF rate

60%

    Over

    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

    2017
    The project started in 2017 by organising 5 trans-national workshops in NL, UK, France, Belgium and Nantes to raise awareness about certification .

    2018
    In 2018 we hosted a seminar on financing and launched a series of video testimonials about the role of certification to get access to funding.
    Three pilots were reviewed. Recommendation were produced for all 3 pilots and distributed to the Technical Committees of IEC. EMEC focused on "Power Performance Assessment’. Certification Bodies DNV-GL and Lloyds Register focussed "Design Requirements" and "Moorings". In parallel, IFREMER tested four scale models devices under controlled conditions providing feedback to IEC’s ‘Project Team 62600-202 Scale testing of tidal stream energy systems.

    2019
    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 were published in 2020. In Feb 2019, UG and POM organised the ELBE seminar. NL hosted the IEC annual plenary meeting with over 60 experts from 10 countries at NEN. DMEC organised side events. The project was showcased at the 2SEAS Mid-Term review. In May, a joint workshop with the OPERA-project was hosted during All Energy Glasgow. POM published a study on lessons learnt from other industries. From May 2019, effort went into a MM3 and subsequently bankrupcy of Tocardo.

    2020
    In 2020 the main focus was on developing an alternative for Output 5 as part of an MM4. Despite exploring 5 opportunities in NL and BE with partner Pentair Nijhuis, we failed to propose a credible way forward. The partnership was productive through presentations and workshops (one held in Costa Rica) and issueing press releases for the publication of new IEC technical specifications . At the end of the project we reached the following extra achievements:

    • Approval of the ENCORE-2 project .
    • New leads with Pentair Nijhuis
    • EMEC attained the IECRE designation as a Renewable Energy Test Lab (RETL)
    • Project Manager was awarded the NENnovation Award 2020
    • IEC Publication of two technical standards for Loads Measurements and Technology Qualification
    • The Dutch government developed a Roadmap for Energy from Water.

    Partnership

    Partners

    The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd

    Lloyd's Register EMEA

    IFREMER

    Tocardo International BV

    Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre

    Stichting Koninklijk Nederlands Elektrotechnisch Comité

    Huisman Equipment BV

    DNVGL

    POM West-Vlaanderen

    Universiteit Gent

    Damen Shipyards

    Outputs

    Theme
    Type
    Target
    URL / Download
    30/11/2019

    Multi-use Marine Innovation Site feasibility and implementation study (BE)

    Thema: Marine resources - Renewable energies
    Type: Feasibility study
    Target: Business support centres and agencies - Innovation agencies - Regional development agencies, Chamber of Commerce
    30/05/2019

    Best practices for International Open-Water Test Centres

    Thema: Marine resources - Renewable energies
    Type: Service
    Target: Business support centres and agencies - Innovation agencies - Regional development agencies, Chamber of Commerce
    30/11/2020

    Reports on barriers and bottlenecks to market uptake to European Commission and nat. governments

    Thema: Marine resources - Renewable energies
    Type: Strategy/action plan
    Target: Business support centres and agencies - Local, regional and national authorities - Regional development agencies, Chamber of Commerce
    30/06/2019

    Series of Stakeholder events on certification and collaborative innovation & business development

    Thema: Marine resources - Renewable energies
    Type: Method/tool
    Target: Business support centres and agencies - Local, regional and national authorities - Regional development agencies, Chamber of Commerce
    30/11/2020

    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
    30/11/2020

    Open water pilot certification

    Thema: Marine resources - Renewable energies
    Type: Service
    Target: Business support centres and agencies - Local, regional and national authorities - SMEs /enterprises
    31/03/2020

    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