International debut for IECRE

Testing and certification for renewable energies

By Claire Marchand

The IEC, which has been at the forefront of international standardization in the wind, solar and marine energy fields for many years, has now gone a step further and launched IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications.

IECRE comprises three sectors: Solar PV... IECRE comprises three sectors: Solar PV...

Inaugural meetings

The IECRE Management Committee held its inaugural meeting on 16-17 September in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Three parallel meetings of the Marine, Solar PV, and Wind Energy Sectors were also organized in conjunction with the REMC meeting.

Fast-paced developments

Approved by IEC CAB (Conformity Assessment Board) at its June 2013 meeting, the System provides testing, inspection and certification for renewable energy sectors such as wind energy, marine energy and solar PV (photovoltaic) energy.

The CAB approval led to the setting up of the IECRE Forum, a working group bringing together stakeholders from the renewable energy sector as well as officers and leading experts from the IEC CA side. The Forum, in charge of drafting the new System’s Basic Rules, met in October and November 2013 and again in early April 2014 to discuss and finalize the draft document. IECRE Basic Rules were approved by CAB at its June 2014 meeting.

Sectors and Schemes

Practically speaking, the IECRE System will be organized in sectors and schemes. Three sectors have currently been defined:

  •  Solar PV Energy
  •  Wind Energy
  •  Marine Energy

Each of these sectors will be able to operate Schemes that cover:

  •  Products, e.g. components and systems
  •  Services, e.g. installations and other related offers of the sector
  •  Personnel, e.g. covering the competence of those working in the sector

A lot in common

Commonalities can be found in the technologies used for generating energy from the sun, the wind or the oceans: high capital investment and harsh environmental conditions in installation deployment, the need for a systems approach to cover stages from design concept to prototype, to production of equipment and components, transportation, installation and commissioning.


At the end of September, 16 countries had joined the System: Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.

IECRE comprises three sectors: Solar PV... IECRE comprises three sectors: Solar PV...
...wind... ...wind...
...and marine energy ...and marine energy