Marine renewable Energy (MRE) technologies are deployed in harsh yet sensitive environments that present challenges for all forms, including wave, tidal, river, thermal, and salinity. Robust testing is needed at all technology readiness levels (TRLs), from concept to product, and at all scales, from watts to megawatts to reduce technical, environmental, and fiscal risk while optimizing performance and acceptance. This Wiki provides a detailed overview of rational for a robust technology testing program, defines how to plan a test and describes the components of a test plan, and provides detailed descriptions and links to guidance documents for the various types of testing that are performed in component, laboratory and field testing programs.
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Information for planning laboratory and field tests, including broader considerations and risk assessment that will improve test effectiveness and value. A test plan template and samples are shared to lighten the load of creating a test plan that meets accepted practices at many test facilities.
A series of pages that detail the purpose and method of each type test (e.g. power performance, mechanical loads, noise, etc.), along with typical measurements, procedures, and references.
Stability and seakeeping are a set of tests used to characterize the behavior of a floating MEC when it is subject to waves and other Metocean conditions. How well the MEC behaves during deployment, operation, and recovery will determine its seaworthiness
For power producing MECs, power performance and power quality tests are essential because they quantify how much power is generated and the properties of that power.
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