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Issue 08/2017

Don’t be a fool, follow the rule

e-tech talks with Dr Ulrich Spindler, IEC Vice-President and Chair of CAB

For more than half his life, Ulrich Spindler has participated in standards development and conformity assessment (CA) activities, at the German, European and international levels. Between 2002 and 2007, he was President of CENELEC , the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, and since 1 January 2015, he has been Chair of the Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) and IEC Vice-President, the first time that a German national has occupied these roles. As his assignment comes to an end, he shares with e-tech what has motivated him and why his company participated in standardization in the first place.

Issue 07/2017

Baptism of fire

New Technical Report from IEC SC 121A

Health and safety have always been key drivers behind the publication of IEC Standards. Electricity can be dangerous and electrotechnical equipment and systems can cause different types of hazards if not used according to a set of pre-determined safety rules. A new Technical Report (TR) published by IEC Subcommittee (SC) 121A lists fire risk reduction measures as applied to low voltage switchgear and controlgear.

Issue 03/2017

Lighting the road ahead

New technologies set fresh challenges for IEC TC 34

The lighting sector is experiencing a deep transformation across the world as new energy-efficient lighting technologies that first appeared a few years ago gain wide adoption. They are being adopted throughout the world as countries seek to control their energy consumption. IEC Technical Committee (TC) 34: Lamps and related equipment, and its Subcommittees (SCs), develop International Standards for electric light sources including energy-efficient lighting solutions.

Issue 04/2017

Upcoming global events

On the agenda: LVDC, energy management, lighting, IoT, hydropower, solar PV asset management and rotating machinery

The IEC regularly supports key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

Issue 01/2017

Better to blow a fuse

Checking a critical part of electrical system reliability

Ever run the washing machine, ironed a shirt and blown a fuse?

2016
Issue 08/2016

November 2016 nominations

Latest TC Chair nominations approved by the SMB

Over the past few months, the Standardization Management Board (SMB) approved several new Chairs who have taken up their roles.

Issue 04/2016

Cooling data centre energy demand

Cutting energy needs for operating and cooling data centres emerges as a priority for the future

Continuing global growth in the on-line sector and so-called cloud services means a comparable and significant increase in the power use associated with those services. Major internet-based businesses such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft are pushing for more dedicated renewable energy to meet their specific needs, but systems efficiency can also make a major contribution to curbing energy use. Emerging standards have a key role to play.

Issue 03/2016

Cleaner, greener shipping

Electric propulsion makes a bigger splash on the water

Electric propulsion has been used on waterways since the 1880s, where it is primarily installed in small boats transporting a limited number of passengers on rivers or lakes. Outperformed on water and on land in the early 20th century by more efficient internal combustion engines with their longer range, electric propulsion is now making a comeback on waterways. A number of IEC Technical Committees (TCs) and Subcommittees (SCs) develop International Standards that provide essential support for this renewal.

Issue 03/2016

April 2016 nominations

The latest Chair nominations to IEC TCs approved by the SMB

Several IEC Technical Committees (TCs) have new Chairs, approved by the Standardization Management Board (SMB), who took up their nominations in March and April this year.

2011
Issue 01/2011

High voltage

Safer electrical power installations

IEC TC 99 recently issued a new version of a key electrical power publication, IEC 61936-1, Power installations exceeding 1 kV a.c. – Part 1: Common rules. The standard provides essential new safety and user information for people building or installing high-voltage power systems.