Efficiency focus

Workshop on energy efficiency draws crowds in Chile

By Gabriela Ehrlich

Enabling efficient energy use was the theme of a workshop held by INN, the Chilean National Institute of Standardization, on 11 May, just prior to the COPANT, Pan American Standards Commission, General Assembly of 12 and 13 May. Jim Matthews, IEC Vice-President and Chairman of the SMB (Standardization Management Board), presented the IEC's work on energy efficiency to a full room.

The INN workshop was held in Santiago de Chile
The INN workshop was held in Santiago de Chile

Perfect platform to demonstrate IEC involvement in EEE

The INN workshop provided an ideal platform to present the important work of the IEC in the area of EEE (electrical energy efficiency) and more efficient energy use globally. Before government representatives, standardization professionals and members of industry, Matthews demonstrated the importance of smart electrification and the need to measure efficiency with globally relevant metrics in order to compare and improve it. He then presented concrete examples of IEC work in existing and new technologies and the IEC’s broad involvement in the development of Smart Grids, electric vehicles and intelligent buildings.

Chile’s undersecretary of economy counts on IEC International Standards

Economic development is largely dependent on a sufficient and steady power supply. The rapid increase in electricity-consuming devices represents an increasing challenge for governments, including in Latin America. In his talk, Chile’s Undersecretary of Economy Tomás Flores, underlined that countries and companies that are able to increase their energy efficiency achieve a higher output and produce higher quality products in a more sustainable way. In this area, he said that Chile has the ambition to become the first fully developed country in Latin America and that, with its good level of education and stable economic and political situation, it is well placed to achieve this objective. Participation in international standardization will help it to reach this target even faster, he said. He then went on to present several examples where regulations based on IEC International Standards will help to improve product quality and safety.

Putting in place the right institutions

Sergio Toro, Executive Director of INN, highlighted the progress Chile has achieved through the installation of institutions that are linked to the energy sector, in particular, the Chilean NC (National Committee) of the IEC.

Finally, Luis Ávila, Superintendent of SEC, the Superintendence of Electricity and Fuels, reported on the work of the institution to ensure the safe management of energy. He mentioned the ongoing process of updating — among others — regulations for the certification of product safety and energy efficiency. The country is engaging in a broad energy efficiency labelling programme for lighting, washers and dryers, television sets and decoders, audio equipment and more, that will also include stand-by energy consumption. The programme, which is based on IEC International Standards, will allow consumers to compare products and help them in their purchase decision.

The end of the workshop featured several case histories, among them a project by the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Santiago de Chile, which presented the results of a programme to replace ordinary electric motors in the Chilean mining industry with highly energy-efficient electric motors. The motors that were used in this project are built with IEC international energy-efficiency classification standards.

The INN workshop was held in Santiago de Chile The INN workshop was held in Santiago de Chile
IEC Vice-President and SMB Chairman Jim Matthews IEC Vice-President and SMB Chairman Jim Matthews
Chile's Undersecretary of Economy Tomás Flores Chile's Undersecretary of Economy Tomás Flores