The initiative is using the expertise from Lloyd's Register (LR) in the testing and development of internationally recognised standards and certification schemes for the sector against new marine technology, enabling confidence to private and commercial investors seeking to invest in marine energy projects.

Peter Davies, Principal Specialist of Renewable Energy for LR, says: "Certification helps to reduce perceived risks of new or upcoming technologies used in marine energy power generation projects and can help to increase market confidence in how devices perform and their structural integrity, as well as helping this sector attract previously untapped finance schemes and making exporting marine energy technology across the world easier."

MET-CERTIFIED is assessing the entire process of certification, from concept to construction through to installation of a full-scale floating platform for tidal turbines with the support of a number of industry partners.

"Together with nine other partners from the Interreg 2 SEAS region, we are working on standards and certification schemes for marine renewables both at the national and international level through International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment (IECRE)," highlights Mr Davies.