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Project Summary

This effort enables the United States to contribute to advancing marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) standards under the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee (TC) 114 and ensure that U.S. interests are protected. The end goal is to develop new standards that facilitate more rapid and reliable deployment of MHK devices, while considering the unique environmental and regulatory requirements that govern deployment in U.S. waters. 

Project Snapshot
Project TitleStandards Development, International Electrotechnical Commission TC 114, IEA-Ocean Energy Systems Annual Contribution
AwardeeNational Renewable Energy Laboratory
Awardee HQ LocationColorado
DOE Funding Amount$1,995,273
Program AreaMHK System Design and Validation
Recipient TypeLaboratory
Award TypeAnnual Operating Plan
Year Awarded2016
Work LocationsColorado
Congressional District(s)CO-7


What You Need to Know


This project focuses on enabling more rapid and reliable deployment of MHK devices by developing standards that will define the international requirements for all ocean energy devices in the future. Establishing these internationally recognized standards will assist in mitigating the technical and financial risks associated with the diverse range of technologies that currently exist—enabling a quicker uptake of commercial marine energy production.

  • Accelerates commercialization of marine energy technology.
  • Builds confidence in the investment community for project financing.
  • Reduces technical risk to developers to enable predictable lifetimes and energy production.
  • Helps regulators manage risk to the public and reduces failures.
  • Allows U.S. industry to collect critical information and grow through international collaboration.
  • Enables the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to construct a targeted and well-informed ocean energy research program.
  • Provides feedback to U.S. industry on the status of international activities.
  • IEC TC 114:
    • Continue to manage day-to-day operations of U.S. Technical Advisory Group and U.S. participation in IEC.
    • Recruit subject-matter experts for new project teams.
    • Organize and attend U.S. Technical Advisory Group and IEC TC 114 plenary meetings.
    • Work with Marine Energy Council and DOE to determine prioritization for standards work.
  • International Energy Agency (IEA) Ocean Energy Systems (OES):
    • Provide coordination and logistical support.
    • Develop technical presentations for executive committee meetings and workshops.
    • Analyze and review OES reports and work products.
    • Contribute to the OES country report and other OES reports for the United States.

About the Water Power Technologies Office

DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office advances cutting-edge technology to modernize the U.S. hydropower fleet and drive U.S. leadership in wave and tidal energy, with the goal of delivering low-cost power and resiliency to America’s power grids.