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Issue 01/2017

Smart, compatible chargers

IEC enables smart charging solution for consumer portable devices

Over the last decade, technology advances have led to the rapidly growing use of consumer electronics, connecting millions of people as never before and changing the way we operate in everyday life. Until now, the emergence of all these intelligent devices has had one drawback: proprietary charging systems, meaning millions of chargers and cables that add to the already huge pile of e-waste throughout the world.

2016
Issue 08/2016

Covering countless safety requirements for SMPS

The second edition of a Standard will improve the safety of a myriad of systems

Low-voltage switch mode power supplies (SMPS) can be found in innumerable applications in IT equipment, vehicles, battery chargers, etc. A second edition of IEC 61204-7, an International Standard addressing safety requirements for SMPS was recently published. This Standard is also available as an Extended version (EXV).

Issue 06/2016

IEC and USB-IF united in e-waste fight

Global single-cable solution for audio, video, data and power

The amount of global e-waste — discarded electrical and electronic equipment — reached nearly 49 tonnes in 2013. On average that is more than 20 kg for each person on the planet. By 2017 it is predicted that the world will produce approximately 65 million tonnes of e-waste, or a 33% increase, according to a study conducted by a partnership of United Nations organizations, industry, governments and scientists.

Issue 06/2016

Innovative technology cleans up transport on land and at sea

Driverless vehicles – soon a reality or just a dream?

Authorities worldwide face the challenge of ensuring improved road safety and providing efficient transport systems to address congested roads and pollution in growing cities. They are also tasked with providing large aging populations and people with disabilities greater mobility.

Issue 03/2016

WPT: a key route for EV uptake

Wireless power transfer will bring additional flexibility to EV charging

If electric vehicles are to reach their full potential, consumer concerns over range and reliability in operation and charging must be addressed decisively. Wireless power transfer (WPT) through magnetic induction is seen as the most promising approach to resolve this key issue. IEC International Standards are set to play a central role in the roll-out of WPT.

Issue 03/2016

Charging EVs at home safely and reliably

New IEC International Standard covers residential charging

As sales of personal electric vehicles (EVs), and in particular of plug-in EVs, expand rapidly, trust in the safety and reliability of charging equipment components is important for users. Several IEC Technical Committees (TCs) and Subcommittees (SCs) develop International Standards for all components in the EV charging chain. The latest one prepared for residential charging installations has just been published.

Issue 03/2016

The greening of urban transport

The electrification of urban transport is driven by environmental concerns

Increasing traffic congestion and escalating air pollution are leading to schemes for cutting the number of individual passenger cars in cities and encouraging the wider use of public transport around the world. Most bus fleets, which make up the bulk of urban transport connections, are still powered by internal combustion engines. The goal of many cities is to electrify their bus fleets fully. It will be a gradual move, tied to the introduction of intermediate solutions such as hybrid drives, before it can be achieved fully. 

2011
Issue 01/2011

A giant step for EVs

IEC and e8 organize first international meeting uniting all EV stakeholders

For the very first time all EV (Electric Vehicle) stakeholders, including utilities, car and equipment manufacturers and key industry and standardization bodies participated in a high-level strategic round table event organized by the IEC and e8. This event took place on January 19, 2011 in Washington DC, USA.