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IECRE approves first renewable energy certification body for marine energy
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Lloyd’s Register (LR) has been accepted as the world’s first renewable energy Certification Body (RECB) for marine energy by IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications. The System covers the solar photovoltaic (PV), marine and wind energy sectors.

“Marine Energy is the newest of our renewable energy technologies in IECRE and our members have worked exceptionally hard to develop a robust conformity assessment system to meet the needs of this exciting emerging sector. IECRE is delighted to welcome Lloyds Register as its first renewable energy certification body (RECB) for technology qualification (TQ).  As the sector develops IECRE is keen to offer new deliverables to help address the global climate challenge and the marine energy sector has an important role to play in maintaining a sustainable climate for future generations,” said Alistair Mackinnon, Chair of IECRE.

Independent assessment and certification supports marine energy technology

Mark Darley, LR Marine & Offshore Director, said: “Lloyd’s Register’s new status as the world's first IECRE Renewable Energy Certification Body for Marine Energy is a testament to our strong capabilities across a range of technical disciplines and our commitment to safety in the renewable energy market.  We look forward to working with new clients in the future, certifying marine energy or complex hybrid renewable energy projects in line with the IECRE scheme.”

“Given the expected rapid growth of the marine energy industry, we anticipate the IECRE system will be widely adopted by the industry and become increasingly important in providing the assurance required by project stakeholders, which LR can provide, while ensuring this process adds value to projects,” Darley added.

With IECRE recognition as an RECB for both the marine energy and wind sector, LR is now able to certify complex hybrid renewable energy projects on behalf of the IECRE that involve multiple technologies, such as wind, wave and tidal.

Through its RECB status, LR can conduct end-to-end certification activities for marine energy converters that seek compliance with the IEC 62600 technical specification and operational documents published by the IECRE.

“On behalf of the Marine Energy Sector Working Group (ME-SWG) of the IECRE, I extend my congratulations and excitement for Lloyds Register to join as the first IECRE Certification Body (RECB) within the ME Sector.  Certification plays a critical role in the development of the ME industry and the 3rd-party verification of compliance to international, consensus-based standards, such as the IEC TS 62600-4 on Technology Qualification, is essential to reduce risk and increase market confidence in the innovative technologies used to extract energy from waves, tides and other water currents,” said Jonathan Colby, Convener of the RE Management Committee, Marine Energy Sector Working Group.

About Lloyds Register

Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global professional services organization specializing in engineering and technology solutions. Its experts advise and support clients to improve the safety and performance of complex projects, supply chains and critical infrastructure. LR was created more than 260 years ago as the world’s first marine classification society to improve the safety of ships. Today it operates globally providing compliance, assurance and performance solutions to help keep the world moving safely, efficiently and sustainably.

About IECRE

IECRE is the global renewable energy conformity assessment system, which covers the solar PV, marine and wind energy sectors at a component, device or system type, and at the large utility project scale. The Systems offer independent third-party evaluation that those devices and projects meet internationally agreed technical requirements and comply with IEC technical standards developed by IEC committees for marine, solar PV and wind energy.

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