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The Need for Performance Appraisal Procedures for Ocean Energy Converters

Date: October 07, 2013 at 19:29 GMT

Abstract: There is a global and considerable interest being shown in the development of ocean or marine energy conversion systems. Such systems exist at the conceptual stage, at various more advanced stages, akin to Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs,) and at prototype stages. In order for the technology to progress diligently and secure sufficient funds, it has to evolve through the Staged phases, or gates. Such a process encompasses rigorous test programmes and evaluation stage gates appropriately defined for each level.

We report here on elements of the EquiMar programme aimed at developing best practices and recommended procedures to support marine energy conversion technologies through their various stages of development. This work highlights the linkages between procedures and methodologies adopted for practices at the conceptual, secondary (TRL) stages of device development / evolution and at full scale and gives an insight into the current status of these approaches.

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