Final MET-CERTIFIED certification workshop at OEE in Nantes: a great success

 At Ocean Energy Europe 2017, La Cité des Congrès de Nantes in France on the 24th of October 2017 MET-CERTIFIED organised the fifth and final workshop on Standardisation and Certification of Marine Energy. The workshops were aiming for feedback from the participants on what all stakeholders need in terms of reducing risks and validating claims. More than 100 participants from all stakeholders identified were previously present at national workshops and another 26 participated in this international workshop. Not just technology developers. Also project developers, government and other regulators, financers, insurers, certification/classification bureaus, test labs, knowledge institutes, consultants, animal welfare organisations, industry representatives and many more were present and asked for their input. The workshop was highly appreciated by participants.

The workshops were introduced by people active in the field of marine energy and actively involved in Standardisation and Certification. They explained the operating of standardisation committee IEC/TC 114 Marine Energy and Conformity Assessment sector IECRE Marine Energy. However most of the time was spent on assessing what the stakeholders needed from standardisation and certification to make their projects a success and get involved.

The main needs and issues were:
  • The need for certificates, and not just for technologies, but also for projects and installation.
  • The costs of certification are very high for a start-up technology developer.
  • We need stepped certification suited for the stage we’re in and similar costing.
  • Without some kind of certification/assurance you can’t get your technology installed/financed/insured. Internationally recognised standards help bringing the cost of Finance and Insurance down.
  • We can learn from the Wind Energy sector, but they also made it more difficult to experiment freely, since they are an established industry now, setting the standard for new developing industries like Marine Energy.
  • We need launching customers. But also specific needs for standards were mentioned: wake, arrays, design tools, floating, installation.

The input from these workshops will be actively brought to the standardisation and certification committees.

The presentation used in the workshops can be downloaded here: MET-CERTIFIED presentation workshops.