Marine Energy Program

Technology-Specific System Design and Validation

Project Name: Standards Development for Marine Energy          

Project Team: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (lead); Sandia National Laboratories; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Verdant Power; British Standards Institute; Resolute Marine; PB Mechanical Consulting Service, LLC; and Cardinal Engineering

Lead Recipient Location: Golden, Colorado

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The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee 114 for Marine Energy Systems (TC114) develops standards and completes conformity assessments for marine energy systems. In Fiscal Year 2021, the committee published the first edition of IEC Technical Specification 62600-202 on scale testing of tidal stream energy systems and the second edition of IEC Technical Specification 62600-10 on the assessment of mooring systems for marine energy converters.

The project team, led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), recruited subject-matter experts to develop these documents and provided them with the resources needed to publish documents. In addition, the team managed the U.S. review process for all committee documents and provided feedback to the international teams. Finally, the team supported the United States-led effort to revise the TC114 Strategic Business Plan with the goal of updating the priorities for TC114 and identifying new work items that should be initiated in the next few years. These activities help the most promising marine energy technologies achieve commercialization by providing a foundation for certification, promoting international trade of uniform high-quality products, and supporting the transfer of expertise from traditional energy systems.

Technology-Specific System Design and Validation Projects