Development of International Standards and Certification schemes for Marine Energy Technologies
Priority AxisLow Carbon Technologies
Low Carbon Technologies
Lead partnerDutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC)
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 in 2017 by organising 5 trans-national workshops in NL, UK, France, Belgium and Nantes to raise awareness about certification .
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.
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.
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.