A systems testbed

Jeju island signs MoU with IEC and KATS

By Gabriela Ehrlich

On the way to the COP21 climate talks in Paris, Jeju Governor Won Hee-ryong made a stop at the IEC in Geneva. During the meeting the idea surfaced to sign an MoU to simplify the development of a carbon-free infrastructure for the Korean island, notably with the help of IEC International Standards.

Jeju island signs MoU with IEC and KATS 1
From left: KATS Administrator Jeh Dae-shik, Jeju Governor Won Hee-ryong, and IEC President Junji Nomura...

The Jeju Special Self-Governing Province presented its ambitious vision to lead global low carbon green growth in Paris. By 2020, the island is planning to put in place a carbon-free infrastructure comprising a Smart Grid, broad electric vehicle (EV) network, renewable energy generation and more.

Giving preference to International Standards

As part of this engagement Jeju will – whenever applicable – give preference to IEC International Standards for its infrastructure development. Jeju experts will also participate in IEC standardization activities via the Korean IEC National Committee, which is hosted by the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS). 

The MoU was signed during a special ceremony that was held on 21 March during the 3rd International Electric Vehicle Expo (IEVE), in the presence of the media. The IEC was represented by Dr Junji Nomura.

Limit variations

One of the reasons for this agreement is to avoid proprietary industry specifications, for example for EVs. These tend to make charging infrastructure development more costly and more complex than necessary. They can also create a dilemma: which plugs should be given preference when it is impossible to install all of them? In Governor Won’s experience, such a situation can quickly become a source of conflict in neighbourhoods where some car owners may have trouble finding a charging station that fits their needs.

Help identify gaps

As part of the agreement, the three partners plan to regularly exchange information on standardization and conformity assessment for EVs, Smart Grid, Smart Cities, microgrids, renewable energy generation and other relevant IEC standardization and conformity assessment work. Jeju plans to participate in IEC standardization through KATS and to provide feedback that could be useful for IEC Systems Standards, notably in identifying gaps, facilitating use case collection and generally act as a testbed for new Systems Standards.

Underlined IEC work for EVs

During his stay in Jeju, the IEC President – at Governor Won’s invitation - also helped officially open the 1st International Conference on Electric Vehicle Smart Grid and Information Technology that started on 21 March 2016.

Dr Nomura provided an overview of IEC work for EVs and for the overall electric infrastructure, which was well received by an audience of more than 500 people. 

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Jeju island signs MoU with IEC and KATS 1 From left: KATS Administrator Jeh Dae-shik, Jeju Governor Won Hee-ryong, and IEC President Junji Nomura...
Jeju island signs MoU with IEC and KATS 2 ...during the signing ceremony
Jeju island signs MoU with IEC and KATS 3 All participants in the ceremony that took place in Jeju on 21 March 2016