Recent nominations

Officers of IEC Boards and Committees

By Philippa Martin-King

In addition to its regular Technical Committees, the IEC has a number of Strategic Groups, Sector Boards and Technical Advisory Committees which report to the Standardization Management Board. This month, e-tech announces various changes and nominations.

substation SB 1 deals with electricity transmission and distribution

SG 3: Smart Grid

SG (Strategic Group) 3 came into being in 2008 when IEC SMB (Standardization Management Board) saw the need for long-term planning for the smart grid. SG 3 is responsible for overseeing the International Standards that are required in order to achieve global interoperability of systems and services. At the same time, they provide and manage a central repository via the IEC website to serve industry in terms of published standards and guidance for on-going smart grid projects.

Rolf Apel has been nominated as a further alternate German expert in SMB/SG 3 Smart Grid.

SB 1: Electricity transmission and distribution

SBs also report to the SMB and are responsible for providing advice to the SMB on priorities and setting long-term strategy for standards in the sector concerned, looking at market relevance and developing a systems approach. Sector Boards may, like Technical Advisory Committees, set up ad hoc groups and develop guides and recommendations to the SMB and to technical committees and subcommittees in the relevant segment. SB members are senior executives who are representative of industry and users in a broad sense.

Two SB (Sector Board) nominations were announced recently, one, a new member to SB 1: Electricity transmission and distribution, in the person of Eung-Bo Shim and one to SB 4: Infrastructure of telecommunications networks, Barry A. Linchuck.

SMB Advisory committees

The role of SMB advisory committees, ACEA, ACEC and ACOS is to advise, guide and coordinate IEC technical work, under the auspices of the SMB in their respective areas - environmental issues, electromagnetic compatibility, and safety in the aim to ensure consistency.

Members consist of both technical committee representatives and experts who are nominated by NCs (National Committees) in the particular area concerned, and are appointed by the SMB.

The SMB has announced the nomination of experts Luis Nuño and Bernd Sisolefsky to ACEC (Advisory Committee on Electromagnetic Compatibility).

At the same time, they have named Jos Remy as representing TC 108 as a member of ACOS (Advisory Committee of Safety). ACOS deals with safety matters which are not specific to one single TC (Technical Committee) of the IEC. Its task is to guide and coordinate IEC work on safety matters in order to ensure consistency in IEC safety standards. Under the auspices of SMB they assign horizontal and group safety functions to TCs in order to provide consistency across IEC International Standards in areas that are common to a number of TCs.

IEC TC 78: Live working

SMB has announced the extension to the term of office of George Gela as Chairman of IEC TC 78: Live working, for a further three years from 1 December 2010. TC 78 prepares technical publications that deal with tools, equipment and devices that are used with and in the vicinity of live parts of electrical installations and systems.

AHG 1: Marine energy power quality

At the request of IEC TC 114: Marine Energy, made during the Edinburgh meeting in May 2010, the P (participating)-Members of TC 114 have now appointed their national experts to participate in AHG (ad-hoc group) 1: Power quality which, under the leadership of Mo El-Hawary, is to investigate whether there is a need for a TC 114 deliverable in the field of power quality, and if so, the schedule and scope of the deliverable.

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network concept SG 3 is responsible for overseeing International Standards required to achieve global interoperability of systems and services in the smart grid sector
substation SB 1 deals with electricity transmission and distribution
e-bike EMC testing (Photo: TÜV Rheinland) ACEC's role is to advise, guide and coordinate IEC technical work in the field of electromagnetic compatibility (Photo: TÜV Rheinland)
Working on electric pylons and cables IEC TC 78 develops Standards that deal with tools, equipment and devices used with and in the vicinity of live parts of electrical installations and syytems
sea waves An ad hoc group in TC 114 will investigate whether there is a need for a TC 114 deliverable in the field of power quality