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Welcome to EquiMar

Equitable Testing and Evaluation of Marine Energy Extraction Devices in terms of Performance, Cost and Environmental Impact

The EquiMar project has now finished. All the publicly available outputs can be downloaded from these wiki pages, the EquiMar Protocols may be purchased from LULU, and there are some marine energy videos available on our YouTube channel.

The EquiMar project was funded by the European Commission as part of its 7th Framework programme under the Energy topic (see for more information). It is a collaborative research and development project involving a consortium of 23 partners and ran for three years from the 15th of April 2008 to the 14th of April 2011.

The aim of EquiMar was to deliver a suite of protocols for the equitable evaluation of marine energy converters (based on either tidal or wave energy). These protocols have harmonised testing and evaluation procedures across the wide variety of devices presently available with the aim of accelerating adoption though technology matching and improved understanding of the environmental and economic impacts associated with the deployment of arrays of devices. EquiMar has assessed devices through a suite of protocols covering site selection, device engineering design, the scaling up of designs, the deployment of arrays of devices, the environmental impact, in terms of both biological & coastal processes, and economic issues. The series of protocols has be developed through a robust, auditable process and disseminated to the wider community. Results from the EquiMar project will establish a sound base for future marine energy standards. The project had a formal liaison with IEC TC 114 and many of the protocol authors are technical experts on the teams developing individual standards.

Final Protocols

A .pdf of the book containing the final protocols and an explanatory commentary can be downloaded from here. If you would prefer a printed version can be purchased from LULU

Project Deliverables

D1.1 Global Analysis of Pre-normative Research Activities for Marine Energy
D1.2 Recommendations from Other Sectors
D2.2 Wave and Tidal Resource Characterisation
D2.3 Application of Numerical Models
D2.4 Wave Model Intercomparison
D2.5 Tidal Model Intercomparison
D2.6 Extremes and Long Term Extrapolation
D2.7 Protocols for Wave and Tidal Site Assessment
D3.1 Identification of Limitations of the Current Practices Adopted for Early Stage Tidal Device Assessment
D3.2 Concept Appraisal and Tank Testing Practices for 1st Stage Prototype Devices.
D3.3 Limitations of Current Practices adopted for Tank Testing of Small Marine Energy Devices.
D3.4 Best Practice for Tank Testing of Small Prototype Wave and Tidal Devices.
D4.1 Sea Trial Manual
D4.2 Data Analysis and Presentation

D4.3 Test Sites Catalogue
D5.1 Guidance Protocols on Choosing of Electrical Connection ConfigurationsEquimar WP5 D2_v09.pdf
D5.2 Device Classification Templates
D5.3 Protocols and Guidance for Device Specification and Quantification of Performance
D5.4 Tested Version of Site/Device Matching Database Including Initial Analysis of Interaction Effects Within Arrays
D5.5 Pre-deployment and operational actions associated with marine energy arrays
D5.6 Assessment, reporting and remediation of risk associated with marine energy arrays
D5.7 Assessment of the present status and future scenarios of the supply chain for marine energy arrays

D5.8 Impacts Upon Marine Energy Stakeholders

D6.1.1 Existing Legislation, perspectives and evolution of other similar technologies
D6.1.2 Technical Criteria for a Common Legislation
D6.2.1 Draft Scientific Guidelines
D6.2.2 Scientific Guidelines
D6.3.1 Uncertainties Regarding Environmental Impacts
D6.3.2 Uncertainties and Road Map
D6.4.1 Draft Protocol on Life Cycle Analysis Approach
D6.4.2 Life Cycle Analysis Protocol
D6.5.1 Analysis of Case Studies and Useful Tools
Equimar_D6-5-2-1.pdfD6.5.2 Analysis of Case Studies and Useful Tools
D7.1 Summary of Attributes of Cost Models used by Different Stakeholders
D7.2.1 Procedures for Economic Evaluation
D7.2.2 Dissemination of Economic Assessment Approach to Stakeholders
            Summary    Manuscript    Presentation
D7.3.1 Support Structures for Arrays of Wave Energy Devices Report
D7.3.2 Consideration of Cost Implications for mooring MEC devices
D7.3.3 Guidelines Regarding the Variation of Infrastructure Requirements with Scale of Deployment
D7.4 Procedures for Estimating Site Accessibility and Appraisal of the Implications of Site Accessibility.
D9.1 Report on the State of Ocean Energy in Europe: Technologies, Test Sites and Joint Projects
D9.3 Magazine Article

Work packages

The EquiMar project is divided into ten work packages, the first eight of which are technical:

EDINBURGH The Kick-off Meeting meeting took place in Edinburgh on the 8 th and 9 th of May 2008. Copies of Presentations are available for partners only.

BREST The 2nd All Partner Project Meeting took place in Brest on Monday 13th October, 2008. Copies of the minutes and agenda are available for partners only.

Management Team Meeting 15th January 2009

BILBAO The 3rd All Partner Project Meeting will take place in Bilbao on 2nd and 3rd April, 2009.  Information on the meetings scheduled is available for partners.

BRUSSELS The 4th All Partner Project Meeting will take place in Brussels on 28th and 29th October 2009.  The Mid-term Review Meeting will be held on Thursday 29th October

HANSTHOLM The 5th All Partner Project Meeting will take place in Hanstholm from 27th to 29th April, 2010.

LISBON The 6th All Partner Project Meeting will take place in Carcavelos near Lisbon 28th and 29th October, 2010.

AMSTERDAM The Closing Workshop will take place in Zaandam near Amsterdam from 30th April to 1 April, 2011. The Final Review Meeting will be held on 31 April 2011 in Den Oever.

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