Wood sends troopers to shape wave and tidal energy standards

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Engineering and technical services provider for energy market Wood has informed that four employees working within its clean business became committee members on the UK working group that provides input into the IEC marine energy committee.

Joining the British Standards Institution (BSI) which informs the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) are Andy MacGillivray and Robert Clayton who will sit on the PEL/114 Marine energy – Wave, tidal and other water current converters committee.

The group, which provides the UK input into the IEC/TC114, is responsible for the development of Standards in the field of Marine Energy – Wave and Tidal Energy Converters.

Robert Clayton and Roisín Fahey will assist with the development of the IEC/TC 114/AHG 7 ‘Assessment of information received on IEC TS 62600-201 – Marine energy – Wave, tidal and other water current converters – Part 201: Tidal energy resource assessment and characterization’ technical specification.

In addition to this, Katie Gracie-Orr will sit on the IEC Technical Committee 114, Ad-hoc group 4: ‘Assessment of information received on IEC TS 62600-200, Power performance assessment of electricity producing tidal energy converters.’

This group assesses information received on IEC TS 62600-200, the technical specification defining an industry-standard methodology and reporting format for the power performance assessment of tidal energy devices.

As part of their role as committee members, Andy, Robert, Roisín and Katie will be responsible for reviewing documents submitted to the committees, circulating new proposals and drafts for comment, as well as attending meetings with fellow committee members, according to Wood.

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood’s Specialist Technical Solutions business, said: “We’re delighted that Andy, Robert, Roisín and Katie have been invited onto this committee to represent Wood. Not only is this a huge privilege but also a fantastic opportunity to help shape the future of wave and tidal energy standard development.”

Tom Digby-Rogers, lead program manager for BSI and committee secretary for PEL/114, said: “Standards of good practice are drafted by an industry’s expert community. Their ability to support an industry grow and generate commercial opportunity is reliant on the strength of these standards, which is reliant on engagement from those who use them. It is extremely heartening and welcome to see this level of commitment to standardization from Wood.”

The BSI is the UK National Standards Body responsible for overseeing the national standards making process and for nominating representatives from the UK on a number of European and International committees and working groups.