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Wave and tidal power standards

Global standards for wave and tidal power devices are being developed by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).

The wave and tidal power device standards will be reviewed in May by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which sets global standards to improve industrial efficiency, safety, environmental protection and world trade.

The wave and tidal power device standards are part of a wider suite of marine energy standards developed by EMEC. They propose measure for the performance; reliability and survivability of devices; assess wave and tidal site resources; and look at key aspects such as design and manufacture, environmental appraisal and health and safety.

EMEC says over 4000 copies of the wave and tidal power device standards proposal have been distributed worldwide. They are already in use in many places, and EMEC is collating feedback as the industry develops.

John Griffith, Standards Project Director at EMEC, says: “It is vitally important that the marine energy industry develops standards that provide international credibility and these documents are an important step forward.

“A standard is simply an agreed, repeatable method and EMEC wants to help grow the industry by sharing experience. Agreed assessment standards and guidelines are essential for consistent and accurate industry approaches and will improve the reliability and effectiveness of what we do.”

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