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Development of Recommended Practices for Testing OES (2003)

Date: October 08, 2014 at 11:47 GMT

One of the main challenges within the development of Ocean Energy Systems is the fact that there is presently no predominant technology and several different approaches are trying to attract funding and investors. The common goal of developing technologies able to produce power from the ocean waves and tides at a low cost seems only achievable if developers on an international level can be motivated to provide and share comparable data and results. 

Up to now it has been difficult to compare different systems, as the underlying assumptions with respect to power production, generator capacity and cost statements are based on very different assumptions. In order to overcome this problem the Annex II of the IEA OES is focused to provide guidelines that could become standards for:

  • Testing
  • Preliminary costs assessment
  • Presentation of results

The guidelines have been prepared based on principles developed as part of the Danish Wave Energy Program 1997 – 2001. The first section of the Annex provides an overview of testing facilities in member countries where experiments with wave and tidal energy systems could be carried out. 

The OES is organised under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) but is functionally and legally autonomous. Views, findings and publications of the OES do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or its individual member countries.