While marine energy has a great and often predictable source of power, important engineering challenges have restricted the scale of projects. These include operating in difficult conditions, and the effect the technology has on marine life and other marine users, such as the shipping and fishing industries.
The growth of renewable energy (RE) globally, including the emerging marine RE sector, is dependent on the development of International Standards and the verification of compliance to these. Third-party verification to consensus-based standards reduces marine energy equipment and project risk, improves their safety, performance and reliability, which increases confidence in the marketplace.
Ensuring safe, reliable renewable energy technology
IEC Technical Committee (TC) 114: Marine energy – Wave, tidal and other water current converters, has been working for ten years, preparing International Standards for marine energy conversion systems.
Additionally, in 2014, IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, was created in recognition that the ever-increasing demand for electricity, and the need to reduce the share of fossil fuels in power generation, have led to rapid development and growth of the RE sector, and to address the specific requirements of the RE sector, which are not covered by the existing IEC Conformity Assessment Systems.
IECRE aims to facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in RE in the marine, solar PV and wind energy sectors, while maintaining the required level of safety. Each of these sectors will be able to operate IECRE Schemes that cover products, services and personnel, to provide testing, inspection and certification.
Find out more about the work of IEC TC 114 and how it contributes to the marine energy sector of IECRE in e-tech article 10 years of marine energy standardization.