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An international Evaluation and Guidance Framework for Ocean Energy Technology

Date: January 29, 2021 at 19:04 GMT

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This document intends to support international efforts by presenting a framework for technology evaluation and guidance of engineering activity, ensuring that decision-makers have consistent information available to them.

International acceptance of a common approach to technology development and evaluation brings the following benefits:
  • Clarity in the expectations from different stakeholders during each stage of development, bringing clearer communication
  • Consistency in the use of terminology, and the process to evaluate technology, ensuring a level playing field
  • Stakeholders working together to build confidence and transparency in the sector
  • Efficient decision-making processes promoting direction of funding to the technologies with highest chances of commercial success
  • Technology development processes consistent across the world, leading to more international collaboration more globally transferrable technology



The OES is organised under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) but is functionally and legally autonomous. Views, findings and
publications of the OES do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or its individual member countries.