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Marine Energy Conversion Systems Sectional Committee (MECSSC)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: PIB

 Context: The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has taken a significant step in promoting standardization in the field of Marine Energy Conversion Systems by establishing the Marine Energy Conversion Systems Sectional Committee under ETD 54.


It will establish comprehensive standards and guidelines for various aspects of Marine Energy Conversion Systems (MECS). Promote collaboration, innovation, and knowledge exchange within the MECS domain.


What are Marine Energy Conservation System?

Marine Energy Conversion Systems refer to technologies that harness energy from the ocean, converting it into electricity or other usable forms. Examples include:

  • Tidal Energy: Utilizing the rise and fall of tides to generate electricity through tidal turbines or barrages.
  • Wave Energy: Capturing the kinetic energy of ocean waves to generate power through devices like wave energy converters.
  • Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC): Leveraging temperature differences between the warm surface water and cold deep water to produce electricity.
  • Salinity Gradient Power: Generating energy from the difference in salt concentration between freshwater and seawater.


About BIS:

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) (HQ: New Delhi) is the National Standards Body of India under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution. Established by the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016, effective from October 12, 2017, it replaced the Indian Standards Institution (ISI). The BIS Act, 2016, designates the Minister in charge of the relevant Ministry as the ex-officio President. It also serves as India’s WTO-TBT (Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade) enquiry point.