IEC panel to craft standards for marine technology

The International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) Technical Committee on Marine Energy – Wave and Tidal Energy Converters is developing international standards for wave and tidal energy technology.

The standards are intended to support efforts by the International Energy Agency to recommend best practices for the effective networking and integration of electricity from wave and tidal energy devices.

Standards to be developed by the committee will cover:
o Performance of tidal and wave energy converters;
o How converters will plug into electricity grid systems; and
o How converters should be tested.

The committee plans to begin developing the standards in mid-2008.

The committee consists of 13 participating members and five observing members. The committee chairman is Melanie Nadeau of the CANMET Energy Technology Centre in Ottawa, Canada. The secretary is Danny Peacock of the British Electrotechnical Committee in London, United Kingdom. Formation of the committee was completed in October 2007.

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