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Marine Renewable Energy Standards Development – Supporting Canadian Priorities within IEC TC 114

Strategic Area

Renewable Energy




Energy Innovation Program



EIP Contribution

$ 86,230

Project Total

$ 278,030


Halifax, NS and across Canada

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International Electrotechnical Commission
- TC 114 Marine energy
- Wave, tidal and other water current converters

Lead Proponent

Marine Renewables Canada

Project Objectives

This project will support the development of international Marine Energy standards, International Electrotechnical Commission Technical Committee
114 (IEC TC 114), by ensuring the involvement of Canadian subject matter experts. Canadian involvement ensures that the Canadian specific content is incorporated to the international standards. This will allow for the adoption of the international standards for the Canadian marine energy sector.

The objective of this project is to publish 6 technical specifications in the next
2-3 years, as well as to develop 2nd editions for 7 existing technical specifications.

International standards accelerate safe, reliable and economical domestic and international deployment of clean technology systems.

Expected Results

Results of this project will include the development of international marine standards to ensure they incorporate Canadian specific content, promote Canadian competitiveness in the export of marine energy technologies, and provide an opportunity to use existing Canadian marine energy infrastructure and expertise (in tidal, river and wave) and lay the groundwork for a future certification body.

Project Update Winter 2020-21

The foundation of standards for marine renewable energy has reached a pivotal point and with most of the standards now published as first or second edition technical standards, a good foundation has been established for this new and growing industry. After collecting feedback over the last few years many additional second edition standards are also well on their way for publication. These include significant enhancements for mooring design, general design, and power production verification for marine renewable technologies. Many of the standards developed have been published as an edition 1 and are transitioning to the edition 2 through Ad Hoc teams. These include TS 62600-3 Measurement of Mechanical Loads, TS 62600-4 New technology Qualification, 62600-20 Design Analysis of an Ocean Thermal Energy Converter, 62600-30 Electrical Power Quality Requirements, 62600-40 Acoustic Measurements, 62600-103 Wave Energy Resource Assessment and Characterization.

The international committee has also created a new Task Force to review and update the existing TC-114 Strategic Business Plan. This will be an important activity going forward to ensure that the direction and alignment of the TC-114 standards development meets the industries need. This task force is well underway and will help in the development of the standards.

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