It is estimated that wave and tidal energy alone could meet 10% of the EU’s power requirements by 2050, according to research by the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Ocean Energy.
Europe is leading ocean energy development; however, it has been slow going because of high initial capital investment costs, and limited open-sea experience, which would enable fully understanding the challenges in device performance, survivability and reliability.
IECRE is the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications. It was created in 2014 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.
Glasgow workshop will show how standards drive marine energy industry development
OPERA and MET-CERTIFIED projects both apply IEC standards to real world wave and tidal energy deployments. In a joint initiative the projects will run a free workshop on certification of marine energy converters in Glasgow on 14 May.
“Certification is recognized as being key for accessing commercial funding and aiding international export. During this workshop experts will explain how the IECRE system can work for different developments and how people can get involved”, says Peter Scheijgrond, Convenor, IECRE Marine Energy OMC Working Group 360 and initiator behind the MET-CERTIFIED project, which is managed by the Dutch Marine Energy Centre.
“The workshop will highlight the importance of IEC standards for de-risking and commercializing marine renewables and we look forward to sharing our practical experiences from applying these standards in a real world setting”, explains Florent Thiebaut, Senior Project Engineer at University College Cork, and leader of the OPERA project – work package 5, which is focused on applicability and extension of IEC technical specifications.
More about IECRE
The IECRE System aims to facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in RE in the marine, solar photovoltaic (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.
More about marine energy projects in Europe
The MET-CERTIFIED project, aims to increase the adoption of insurable and therefore bankable marine energy projects in the 2 SEAS region through the development of internationally recognized standards and certification schemes in the sector.
MET-CERTIFIED is funded by the European Interreg 2 SEAS programme and co-financed by the European Fund for Regional Development (ERFD) under grant agreement No 2S01-020 for the period September 2016 – December 2019. Additionally, the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands, Province of South-Holland and North-Holland and the Belgian Province of West Flanders offer financial support.
The OPERA project is coordinated by Tecnalia and comprises 12 academic and industrial partners. It aims to develop and de-risk technologies that will reduce the cost of operating wave energy devices at sea by 50% and subsequently accelerate the roll-out of marine renewable energy.
The project is a first of its kind to deliver, open access, high-quality open-sea operating data to the wave energy development community. The project has many goals, including reduce uncertainty, frequency, risk and cost of offshore operations; improve risk management and cost estimation with real data and maximize impact on the entire value chain and society for wave energy.