24 Apr 2009 04:04:16
EMEC draws up new marine energy standards
New best-practice standards have been written up for the marine energy industry in a bid to stimulate the development of advanced wave and tidal power systems.
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) consulted a cadre of renewable energy experts in drawing up its guidelines, which are intended to encourage commercial enterprises to take a "high quality approach" to sea power generation.
Its recommendations are due to be launched later this month at the British Wind Energy Association's Wave & Tidal 09 conference, which will take place in the city of Bath on April 30th.
They cover a wide range of topics, including the way that energy stored in waves is measured and specifications for the design of tidal devices, as well as their deployment at sea and decommissioning.
John Griffiths, technical director of the EMEC, said: "Our mission is to stimulate and encourage the development of technologies that can convert power from waves and tidal streams into a sustainable source of energy."
He explained that all industries "operate to a set of agreed standards", adding that it was "vital" to create similar rules and procedures for marine energy.
The guidelines will be published by BSI British Standards, which promotes and shares best practices for a variety of different industry sectors.
Wave and Tidal 09 is billed as the world's largest marine energy event - it will be attended by more than 300 government and industry professionals. http://www.bwea.com/marine/programme2009.html