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New Certification Scheme helps 'de-risk' Marine Renewable Energy Technologies

19.12.16

Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, December 19, 2016 - Leading classification societyBureau Veritas certification in projects world-wide is helping reduce and manage risk as ocean engineering requirements develop in growing marine renewable energy sector.

Bureau Veritas, the leading international classification society has published a set of guidelinesNI 631 "Certification Scheme for Marine Renewable Energy Technologies", addressing a broad spectrum of the needs of marine renewable energy (MRE) businesses and projects.
 
The certification scheme covers:
Floating offshore wind turbines
Current and tidal turbines, including sea and river turbines
Wave energy converters 
Ocean thermal energy converters (OTECs)

'The marine renewables sector is growing in importance and thecomplexities are increasing as the sector continues to mature', comments Matthieu de Tugny, Senior Vice President, Offshore, Bureau Veritas. 'Bureau Veritas is taking a broad leadership position in the development of cleaner energy projects and technologies in the marine and offshore environments. We are helping de-risk these projects through our familiarity with and our capabilities in offshore engineering and knowledge of environmental realities and regulatory requirements for MRE projects.'

Matthieu De Tugny
      Matthieu De Tugny

                                                   

Marine renewable projects are reliant on engineering expertise developed in the offshore oil and gas industry and this expertise is vital as world-wide interest in floating and submerged MRE applications grows.

Matthieu de Tugny: 'As interest in MRE is increasingly expanding to options beyond fixed wind turbines, we are working on projects in harsher conditions and with heavier engineering demands drawing on our technical expertise.'

With projects around the world, as well as in France, this is a growing and important sector for renewable energy. Examples of Approvals In Principle (AIPs) issued by BV in 2016 include:

-  September 2016: AIP for floating OTEC platform in the Maldives for the Bardot Group:
https://otec.bardotgroup.com/blogs/news/bureau-veritas-approves-floating-otec-by-bardot-group
 
- April 2016: AIP for WindFloat (floating foundation for a wind turbine) project in the Mediterranean for Principle Power:

http://www.us.bureauveritas.com/home/news/bureau-veritas-approves-windfloat-foundation
 
- January 2016: AIP for 1MW OTEC platform in Kiribati for KRISO - January 2016:

http://www.bureauveritas.com/home/news/business-news/ocean-thermal-energy-converter-approved-290116

BV's certification covers entire projects, including farms of multiple units, type approval and components, for concepts, prototypes and for series production. Last year Bureau Veritas issued guidance notes dedicated to specific MRE technologies: Current and Tidal Turbines (BV NI603) andClassification and Certification of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (BV NI572).

About Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 66,000 employees in around 1,400 offices and laboratories located all across the globe.

Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

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