This document establishes general principles for producing a design basis document for a device. The aim of the document is to provide simple step-by-step guidance that can be followed by a device designer in order to understand the factors that influence the design of a device and design procedures that can be followed. By following the guidance in this document, it is not only hoped the designer will have a conforming design but will also be in a position to comply with the Certification Scheme.
This document is applicable to both wave and tidal stream energy converters. It is applicable to all stages from the prototype design stage (after the initial concept has been proven to work) up to the final design.
Members of the group who produced this draft guideline are actively involved in the writing of an international standard IEC TS 62600-2: Design requirements for marine energy systems, due for publication early in 2013.