Hydropower

Experts Sought for International Standards for Wave & Tidal Energy

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the global body for electrical energy standards, is recruiting experts from around the world to develop international standards for wave and tidal energy technology.

These experts, who will help establish this promising source of renewable energy as a viable form of electrical energy production, can be from private sector enterprises involved in wave and tidal energy technologies, as well as representatives from governments and end-user groups.

The IEC is establishing a group of experts following contact with the International Energy Agency (with a membership of 26 countries including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.S., and UK), whose present program focuses on ocean waves and marine currents.

As marine energy technologies mature, the IEC, which publishes IT standards jointly with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), will ensure that international standards help to reduce technology costs, making renewable energy increasingly competitive with existing energy alternatives.

With world production of electricity expected to double over the next 25 years, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable energy production is expected to increase by 57%.