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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 02/2017

IEC calls on disruptive technology for universal energy access

Announcing the LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access, 22-23 May 2017, in Nairobi

Energy, and especially electricity, is the golden thread that impacts the majority of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and furthermore, the development of every nation and economy.  The UN recognizes electricity access as a key pillar for economic development because it helps to reduce poverty and hunger, improves educational opportunities and enables higher quality healthcare.

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?