Press Release |  New international technical specification for loads measurements in marine energy convertors   

Press Release |December 20, 2018

Publication on the release of the IEC CD 62600-3 on mechanical load measurement of marine energy converters.
                                                                                                                  
New international technical specification developed for loads measurements in marine energy convertors 

Committee 114 standards are being developed for use in the Marine Renewable Energy industry. The project team, PT 62600-3, recently released the first committee draft (CD) for the measurement of mechanical loads on full scale marine energy converters (MECs), like wave, tidal or river energy converters. This international Technical Specification is relevant for technology developers, test laboratories -including open water test sites- and certification bodies. It describes the measurements to be performed for all kinds of MEC types. Especially for bladed turbines, this committee draft provides a detailed description on how and where to measure loads.

Accurate and reliable loads data in combination with measured energy flux (wave, tidal or other) can be used to validate load simulation models, which in turn can be used to optimize blade design. The technical specification also provides instructions for full scale laboratory rotor blade testing. The Committee Draft has been released for commenting until 8th of March 2019. If you are not a member of IEC TC114, please contact the standardization committee in your country in order to gain access to a copy of the CD. The more comments we get, the better the specification will become.

The development of this technical specification is led by Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC) and supported by the MET-CERTIFIED project.

MET-CERTIFIED aims to increase the adoption of insurable and therefore bankable marine energy projects through the development of internationally recognised standards and certification schemes for the sector. MET-CERTIFIED is funded by the European Interreg 2 Seas programme and co-financed by the European Fund for Regional Development (ERFD) under grant agreement No 2S01-020 for the period September 2016 – December 2019. Also 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.
 
For more information, please contact:
Anton Schaap, DMEC
Convener of PT 62600-3