Since the first IEC Young Professionals’ workshop in Seattle, Washington, US (United States) the group has not only looked, but indeed got ahead! The wind of youth that blew on Seattle produced the three leaders who helped set up and provide direction for the first year of the Programme. Now, the 2011 workshop, which was held during the 2011 IEC General Meeting in Melbourne, Australia, has elected the three Leaders who will be their voice for the coming year. e-tech interviewed each of the three for this month's edition.
Connecting the Smart Grid - David Victor Tackie of Denmark
David Tackie is an electrician and electrical engineer. He works as a research and development engineer for Danish Energy Association, a commercial and professional organization for Danish energy companies. Alongside his job, he is studying for a Bachelor in Business Administration, specialising in Marketing Management, and he is also a board member at DBS Lys, a supplier of light bulbs, lamps and other electrical materials.
From new technologies to the Smart Grid and renewable energy sources
"I have always been highly interested in new technologies," explains Tackie. "Currently I'm working on the development of the future electric grid. That includes EVs (electrical vehicles) and heat pumps." He continues, turning to the issue created by fluctuating renewable energy sources: "We're tackling the problem.
On one hand we can't use up the renewable energy obtained from wind turbines and photovoltaic production when it is produced and on the other we don’t want to have to reinforce the grid unnecessarily during peak hours. It means we really have to monitor the grid carefully and understand the communication between the actors of the future electric grid", he says. "Here, International Standards are of great importance to us to prevent us from developing systems that will only be able to be used nationally."
A member of Danish Standards mirror groups
David has already been involved in international standardization work as a member of mirror TCs (Technical Committees) of the IEC National Committee of Denmark, Danish Standards, TC 8, TC 57 and as an expert for TC 8X WG 5 on Smart Grid projects in Europe. He finds the development of standards both "exciting and very beneficial for companies that have a long-term and sustainable business perspective".
Being involved in international standardization work
"I see a lot of benefits in being involved in international standardization work," says Tackie. "Keeping up-to-date with what is happening in my area of work, the Smart Grid, building up an international network of people that have the same interest as me... But that's not the major reason I'm involved in standardization work."
Developing standards that will benefit Denmark
There's a national reason for being involved in international standardization. "My real motivation is to influence the development of standards, so that this will benefit Danish energy companies," explains Tackie. "I'm interested in making it as easy as possible for the Danish energy companies to grow their business. I believe that business is not just about beating your competitors. We need to compete and cooperate at the same time. This is especially important when we are talking about the development of Smart Grid."
"We need to understand that many of the actors in a Smart Grid are not just competitors, but complementors that are able to add value to our business. When you're involved in standardization you need to see your competitors in a new light. On the one hand you're competing for a market," adds Tackie, "and on the other you need to cooperate to develop an International Standard that can increase that market."