Peter Scheijgrond, Convenor, IECRE Marine Energy OMC Working Group 360 is the initiator behind the MET-CERTIFIED project, which is managed by the Dutch Marine Energy Centre. Project partners, including the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Lloyd’s Register, Bureau Veritas and the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), will present the marine energy certification schemes being developed under IECRE.
The workshops will involve all certification stakeholders, including financers, insurers, relevant authorities, technology developers, test facilities and certification bodies, and encourage participants to voice their needs and expectations.
Ostend, Belgium, 13 September 2017
The goal of this project, which stands for development of international standards and certification schemes for marine energy technologies, is to protect natural resources and develop a green and sustainable economy through innovative, research-based projects in the 2 Seas area of Belgium (Flanders), England, France and the Netherlands.
One way to achieve this is to increase the adoption of insurable and therefore bankable marine energy projects, including tidal and wave energy.
However, 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, which is where IECRE comes in.
IECRE 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, and to address the specific requirements of the RE sector, which are not covered by the existing IEC Conformity Assessment Systems.
The 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.
MET-CERTIFIED is funded by the European Interreg 2 Seas programme for low carbon technologies, and is co-financed by the European Fund for Regional Development (ERFD) 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 are offering financial support.