Standards Council of Canada’s Mirror Committee to TC 114 (SMC to TC114)
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Technical Committee 114 (TC 114)
TC 114 – “Marine energy – Wave, tidal and other water current converters” is a technical committee created in 2007 by the IEC to prepare international standards for marine energy conversion systems. The primary focus is on conversion of wave, tidal and other water current energy into electrical energy, although other conversion methods, systems and products are included. Tidal barrage and dam installations, as covered by TC 4, are specifically excluded. This committee consists of members from 14 participating countries and 7 observing countries. The committee is currently working on developing and maintaining technical standards (TS) in the following areas:
Project Teams (PT):
- IEC/TS 62600 – 20 Guideline for design assessment of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) system
- IEC/TS 62600-30 Electrical power quality requirements for wave, tidal and other water current energy systems
- IEC/TS 62600 – 40 Acoustic characterization of marine energy converters
- IEC/TS 62600-102 Wave energy converter power performance assessment at a second location using measured assessment data
- IEC/TS 62600-103 Guidelines for the early stage development of wave energy converters
- IEC/TS 62600 – 202 Scale testing of tidal stream energy systems
- IEC/TS 62600 – 300 Electricity producing river energy converters – Power performance assessment
- IEC/TS 62600 – 301 River energy resource assessment and characterization
As well, there are maintenance teams and ad-Hoc groups charged with maintaining published standards and addressing areas not yet officially established for standards development.
Maintenance Teams (MT):
- MT 62600-1 Terminology
- MT 62600-2 Design requirement for marine energy systems
Ad-Hoc Groups (AHG):
- AHG 3 Assessment of information received on IEC TS 62600-100, Power performance assessment of electricity producing wave energy converters
- AHG 4 Assessment of information received on IEC TS 62600-200, Power performance assessment of electricity producing tidal energy converters
- AHG 5 Assessment of information received on IEC TS 62600-101 Wave energy resource assessment and characterization
- AHG 6 Assessment of information received on IEC TS 62600-10 Assessment of mooring system for marine energy converters
- AHG 7 Assessment of information received on IEC TS 62600-201 Tidal energy resource assessment and characterization
- AHG 8 Proposal for a plan for the alignment of future work activities under the existing AHGs, PTs and MTs
Canadian Mirror Committee to TC 114 (SMC to TC114)
A Canadian mirror committee was formed shortly after the creation of TC114 to participate in all activities of this technical committee. The Canadian mirror committee meets on a regular basis through audio &/or video conferences to discuss existing standards development and proposed new work packages. The mandate of the SMC to TC114 is as follows:
Participate in annual IEC TC114 plenary meetings
Provide subject experts to participate in all active project teams and working groups
Gather input on draft standards from all Canadian stakeholders and ensure this feedback is incorporated into the development of the standard
Define Canadian specific areas of interest and lead the development of these standards within IEC TC114.
Foster an active ocean energy sector within Canada and encourage the exchange of information on technical standards throughout all Canadian stakeholders.
Contact: Ryan Nicoll
SMC to TC114 is also supported by and worked closely with the CSA Group – Canada’s premier association for standards development, product testing and certification, serving consumers, businesses and governments. The Standards Council of Canada has granted CSA Group with ‘subject area recognition’ meaning that only CSA Group can development standards related to marine energy within Canada. By combining technical requirements developed through SMC to TC114 and a CSA Group Committee on Marine Energy, Canada is positioned to adopt international standards with or without deviations to meet national requirements.
Contact: Victoria Alleyne