One of the largest renewable energy resources, which remains largely untapped, is marine energy. Marine Energy, a growing industry, harnesses the naturally occurring energy from waves, tides, currents, and other marine sources. Having strong standards in place as this industry develops is important for the safe and reliable operation of marine energy convertors.
The IEC has established a technical committee, TC 114 (Marine energy – Wave, tidal and other water current converters), to develop standards for marine energy. TC 114 prepares technical specifications and international standards for marine energy conversion systems. The primary focus will be is on the 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 excluded.