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Issue 06/2018

First IEC Regulator Forum takes place in South Korea

Key meeting in Busan concludes that standardization experts and regulators should work together more closely for the benefit of society and the economy

The IEC General-Secretary and CEO, Frans Vreeswijk, has told 150 stakeholders from across the renewable energy sector that international standards and public policy share important objectives. These include facilitating international trade, bolstering economic competitiveness and enhancing safety and efficiency. Mr. Vreeswijk was addressing the first IEC Regulator Forum during the recent General Meeting in Busan, South Korea.

Issue 06/2018

How to get your motor going

Energy efficiency is a key driver for electric motor related standards

One of the earliest IEC technical committees (TCs) prepares the future for electric motors and generators.

Issue 06/2018

Asian financial institutions sign MoU supporting IECRE conformity assessment

Growing investment in renewables requires industry to ensure its equipment and systems are safe, reliable and durable

IECRE certification will de-risk the investments of financial institutions in large renewable energy projects at insignificant cost”, according to Sandy Butterfield, Chair of IECRE, who talked about the benefits of the conformity assessment system at a promotional event held during the China Wind Power 2018 event. “Financial investors benefit the most from IECRE certification, yet of all the state holders, they are probably the least aware of the benefits”, Butterfield added.

Issue 05/2018

IECRE expands third-party verification of tidal energy devices

Crucial step increases confidence in marine industry

IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, has established a new mechanism, which will allow applications from renewable energy test laboratories (RETLs) that cover the power performance assessment of electricity producing tidal energy converters within IEC Technical Specification (TS) 62600-200.

Issue 05/2018

Going green

International Standards are a powerful tool in helping to build a sustainable future

More and more governments and industry players recognize the importance of taking measures to safeguard the environment. But do International Standards have a role to play in the process?

Issue 04/2018

More power to you!

Record-breaking year for renewable energy generation

Technology breakthroughs are lowering the cost of renewable energies while low-voltage direct current systems (LVDC) are being tested by experts both in the developed and developing world.

Issue 03/2018

Riding the crest of the wave

Renewed focus on marine energy relies on ground-breaking IEC publications

Large marine energy facilities are being deployed, with the help of pioneering standardization work accomplished by IEC TC 114.

Issue 03/2018

Upcoming global events

On the agenda: Off-grid power, energy, EVs, batteries, hydropower, IoT, smart cities, cables and wires, renewable energies, nano tech and more

The IEC regularly supports key global and regional industry events.

Issue 03/2018

Building blocks for cyber security

Blockchain opens up new possibilities for data protection

As we move towards more connected environments, cyber security threats are increasing. One technology that could help with data protection is blockchain, which is also starting to be used in some renewable energy projects.

Issue 03/2018

The resurgence of renewables

New technologies and age-old natural resources generate clean energy

The global transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is well under way, with record new additions of installed renewable energy capacity, thanks in part to rapidly falling costs, particularly for solar PV and wind power.

Issue 02/2018

A new era for solar PV

Technology cost reductions contribute to global growth of photovoltaic power applications

The International Energy Agency (IEA) Renewables 2017 Report highlights that new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity grew globally by 50% in 2016, reaching over 74 GW. It also notes the significant point that for the first time, solar PV additions rose faster than any other fuel, surpassing the net growth in coal.

Issue 01/2018

Upcoming global events (March 2018)

On the agenda: Smart grid, energy and renewable energies

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

Issue 01/2018

Solar thermal first

Inaugural IEC publications for solar thermal electric plants

IEC TC 117: Solar thermal electric plants, publishes its first two Technical Specifications (TS) on solar radiation data sets.

Issue 01/2018

Energy access: key to economic and societal development

ARE Forum focuses on integrating remote communities into economies

Electricity access is one of the key drivers for economic development, better healthcare, increased safety, education, as well as efficiency gains in agriculture and manufacturing.

Issue 01/2018

UNECE holds 4th Session Group of Experts on Renewable Energy

Getting more renewables into the global energy mix

According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Renewables Market Report series for 2017, renewables accounted for almost two-thirds of net new power capacity around the world in 2016, thanks to a strong solar PV market. The Report forecasts that though coal will still be the largest source of electricity generation, renewables are expected to halve the gap down to 17% by 2022.

2017
Issue 08/2017

Quality assurance is vital for global PV market growth

IRENA report emphasizes role of international standards

By 2030, total installed PV capacity could range between 1 760 gigawatts (GW) and 2 500 GW. However, if market growth is to remain sustainable, the technology must be enhanced, and the risk for investors, policy makers and consumers reduced, according to a recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Issue 08/2017

New generation

Smart grids to transform power generation

The world's growing population and the increasing use of renewable energies are posing unprecedented challenges for the conventional electricity grid. Intelligent systems which can accommodate renewable and distributed energy generation are a novel way of coping with these multifaceted demands.

Issue 08/2017

Successful leaders adapt in fast changing world

IEC President James Shannon addresses Council

Our world is changing rapidly and technologies are converging all around us. Enhancements in communications, renewable energy, medical devices and many other areas have improved health, economic safety and development, which can benefit everyone.

Issue 07/2017

Tried and tested

LVDC projects pave the way for standardization

A number of low voltage direct current (LVDC) trials are preparing the ground for a wider use of the technology, both in developed and developing countries.

Issue 07/2017

Cyber security for the modern grid

Protecting the keystone of critical infrastructure from cyber threats is an absolute priority

Mitigating risk and anticipating attack vulnerabilities on utility grids and systems are not just about installing technology, but also about understanding risk.

Issue 07/2017

Fossil fuels in the energy mix

Ensuring safety in the oil, gas and coal sector

While the part of renewable energy sources - solar, wind, marine and hydro - in the energy mix has been growing steadily in recent years, fossil fuels still play a major role in energy generation, distribution and consumption.

Issue 07/2017

Electronics essential for sustainable energy model

The energy sector relies on electronics for a smooth transition to efficiency and sustainability

The demand for energy is growing fast, for electricity even faster. To meet the needs of over 9 billion people by 2050, energy production will have to double while at the same time greenhouse gas emissions will have to be drastically reduced. This can only be achieved through a transition from a carbon-based economy towards a sustainable and efficient energy model that is accessible to all on the planet.

Issue 07/2017

A place in the sun

Standards for solar PV support market needs

As the price of photovoltaic (PV) systems continues to tumble and the requirement for cleaner renewable forms of energy grows, more and more of our energy needs will be met by PV-generated power. The IEC is a leader in the field of PV standardization which falls under the responsibility of IEC Technical Committee (TC) 82: Solar photovoltaic energy systems. The TC is publishing International Standards which facilitate market growth and global trade in this crucial sector.

Issue 06/2017

Strengthening participation

IEC Affiliate Country Programme committed to provide invaluable support to developing countries

Each year sees an increase not only in the number of countries participating in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme but also in the number of International Standards adopted as national ones, national electrotechnical committees (NECs) established and Affiliate Plus status granted. In the past 12 months, the Affiliate Secretariat has been extremely busy supporting participants in the Programme through workshops, seminars, webinars and training sessions, to name but a few of the support activities organized to raise awareness and know-how in developing countries. 

Issue 06/2017

Energy efficiency to recover power for the future

IEC work helps tap the biggest pool of available energy

Energy efficiency (EE) is the most important and easily available source of energy; it can be collected along the entire energy chain, from generation, transmission and storage to final use in industry, homes or transportation. IEC standardization and conformity assessment (CA) work are central to electrical EE at all levels. 

Issue 06/2017

Share your work in 2018

We’d like to hear and read your stories

Take the 170 countries in the IEC family, the 20 000 technical experts who work in standards development, the many certification bodies (CBs) and test laboratories (TLs) in the IEC Conformity Assessment (CA) Systems, and add to the mix the rapid pace at which technologies are evolving today and you have hundreds, if not thousands of stories that can be told within the IEC community.

Issue 05/2017

Morocco steps up standardization activities

COMELEC Forum emphasizes need for active participation in IEC work

The IEC National Committee of Morocco (COMELEC), held a successful forum to enhance stakeholder awareness of IEC Conformity Assessment Systems in Casablanca, in May.

Issue 05/2017

Bright prospects for hydropower – and some challenges

Sharing thoughts about today’s largest source of renewable energy

IEC TC 4 Secretary Robert Arseneault, winner of the 2016 IEC Thomas A. Edison Award, was at IEC Central Office (CO) recently to receive his award. Arseneault also shared a few thoughts with e-tech on some aspects of the future of hydropower in general. e-tech will report in more depth on certain lesser-known features of hydropower in the very near future. 

Issue 05/2017

European workshops promote IECRE marine technology certification

New CA System will increase marketplace confidence in marine energy equipment and projects

The MET-CERTIFIED project is holding a series of workshops in Belgium, France and the UK, to explain the marine technologies sector of IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications.

Issue 05/2017

Sustainable RE needs global cooperation, standardization and innovation

In recent years, several important international agreements have been concluded, to accelerate renewable energy access and advance energy efficiency

Among these, in 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on Sustainable Energy for All (SDG 7), while the year ended in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, where 195 countries agreed to limit global warming to well below two degrees Celsius

Issue 03/2017

We need your creativity!

2017 World Standards Day poster and video contest

The World Standards Day competition is back. In past years, we’ve had first poster competitions, then video competitions – this year we have both. 

Issue 03/2017

Brave new car world

Our means of transport are changing in drastic ways

What is the future for cars, buses and trucks? Manufacturers are competing to stay relevant in the years ahead. The IEC is also paving the way with a number of forward-looking Standards.

Issue 04/2017

When power fails

Microgrids limit the disruption caused by large-scale power outages

Power failure recovery is a key task for governments, hospitals and private businesses to get to grips with if they want to reduce the disruption caused by power outages resulting from natural disasters. Smart and microgrids are one of the solutions and the IEC is leading the way with the appropriate Standards.

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.

2016
Issue 08/2016

Smart Energy

A global path towards Energy Efficiency and sustainable development

Nava provides insights into a Mexican programme that aims to increase energy efficiency with consumers and the need to encourage the take-up of renewable energy sources.

Issue 08/2016

Smart cities to boost energy efficiency

A wide range of technologies will help cities optimize energy use

In hundreds of smart city projects around the world, governments, municipalities and private stakeholders are investing in smart grids, open data platforms and networked transport systems to meet the challenges of environmental sustainability, population growth and urbanization. 

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 08/2016

Wind industry: Harmonized certification facilitates global market access

IECRE issues first wind turbine certificate

Developed with the participation of industry players, including equipment manufacturers, power producers, insurance companies, test laboratories and certifying bodies, IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, streamlines a complex process and benefits not only the wind, but other renewable energy industries such as solar and marine.

Issue 06/2016

IEC-AFRC fully operational

IEC reinforces global presence with regional centre in Africa

Africa is the world’s second-fastest-growing region, topped only by emerging Asia. Over the coming years the African economy is expected to grow by 7,7% annually – almost double the rate of advanced economies. Even though Africa is starting from a low point, corresponding roughly to where Southeast Asia was 30 years ago, the opportunities are huge. Already now Africa is third in terms of investment, right after the European Union and China. A more reliable infrastructure and consistent energy access could significantly accelerate this trend.

Issue 06/2016

Ensuring renewable energy systems are safe

IEC promotes the development of renewable sources for electricity production through standardization and certification

Renewable Energy (RE) plays an increasingly important role in providing global populations with clean, affordable, sustainable energy. RE production and use continues to increase thanks to the falling cost of equipment and installation.

Issue 06/2016

Share your work in 2017

We need your stories

Take the 169 countries in the IEC family, the 20 000 technical experts who work in standards development, the many Certification Bodies (CBs) and Test Laboratories (TLs) in the IEC Conformity Assessment (CA) Systems, and add to the mix the rapid pace at which technologies are evolving today and you have hundreds, if not thousands of stories that can be told within the IEC community. 

Issue 05/2016

Upcoming global events

On the agenda this month: Renewable energies, IEC 61850 and a call for papers

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

Issue 05/2016

The rise of renewable energies

The falling cost of equipment and installation together with increased investment are driving the growth of renewable energies

During the United Nations Climate Convention – 2015 Paris COP 21, it was recognized that renewable energy (RE) is a key part of the answer to achieving sustainable development and reducing the impact of climate change. Global electricity networks must adapt and include RE technologies.

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 04/2016

The growing importance of global-scale renewable energy

IEC provides a framework to test and certify renewable energy technology

Over the last five years, the cost of renewable power generation technologies has dropped while the technology has improved. Biomass for power, hydropower, geothermal and onshore wind can all now provide electricity competitively compared to fossil fuel-fired power generation, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Issue 03/2016

A systems testbed

Jeju island signs MoU with IEC and KATS

On the way to the COP21 climate talks in Paris, Jeju Governor Won Hee-ryong made a stop at the IEC in Geneva. During the meeting the idea surfaced to sign an MoU to simplify the development of a carbon-free infrastructure for the Korean island, notably with the help of IEC International Standards.

Issue 03/2016

The “Internet” of Energy

Building one global grid with electricity superhighways

On 30 and 31 March 2016, the first International Conference on Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) took place in Beijing, China. The event was initiated by State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Edison Institute and Caring for Climate (C4C), and co-organized among others with the IEC. Dr Shu, IEC Vice President and President of SGCC, and Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO, both presented how such a vision can be brought to reality, to an audience of more than 500 people.

Issue 02/2016

Reverse mode fuel cells for energy storage

Using fuel cell modules in reverse mode will improve energy storage for renewables

A sense of collective responsibility is required to cope with the growing dependence on energy, given the fundamentally unpredictable nature of primary energy supply, the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources and changing energy consumption demands and patterns. The growing need for decentralized (local or remote, residential or commercial) power generation calls for systems that maximize small-scale electrical efficiency. Fuel cells (FCs) are ideal candidates for fulfilling this demand. In fact, at 60% proven net electrical efficiency for generators with a power output as low as 1 kWe, FC systems are head and shoulders above any other fuel conversion technology. If they are to succeed in being deployed widely, FCs for stationary applications should be able to use any locally available fuel. When and if production volumes manage to cover the extensive need for small-to-medium scale generation – which will also depend on the realization of anticipated reductions in cost – there is no reason why FCs should not also be used on the largest scales of power production.

2015
Issue 09/2015

Supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals

IEC now officially at home in Africa

Energy is the life-blood of developed and developing economies. IEC work helps enable broad access to sustainable energy and directly supports UN Sustainable Development Goals. It does so by providing universally accessible technical know-how and expertise in the form of International Standards. With them countries are able to build safer, more affordable infrastructure that is easier to maintain.  To be even closer to Africa, the IEC has now opened a Regional Centre for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

Issue 08/2015

IRENA launches INSPIRE

New collaborative platform drives RE innovation

Hundreds of standards for Renewable Energy technology are now accessible in one easy-to-use platform.

Issue 05/2015

Better and more resources for everyone

World Environment Day

Rapid population growth, economic development and human consumption continue to use up natural resources beyond what the planet can sustainably provide. The need to deliver power produced from renewable energy has never been greater.

Issue 05/2015

Powerful and quick as the wind

Wind power is set to gather more pace with the growing reliance on renewable energies

As countries throughout the world try to increase the share of renewable energies (REs) in their electricity generation portfolio, wind power has surfaced as the most cost-effective and fastest-growing new RE sources in recent decades. Standardization work by IEC Technical Committee (TC) 88: Wind turbines, has made this expansion possible.

2014
Issue 04/2014

Scaling up efficiency and renewables through standardization

Call for policy makers to work more closely with International Standards Development Organizations

With global energy demand forecast to increase by 33% between now and 2025, the IEC co-hosted a workshop on International Standards in support of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies in Paris on 13 March 2014.

2013
Issue 08/2013

Helping turn solar power into electricity

IEC Technical Committee works on solar photovoltaic energy systems

Together with wind and marine resources, energy generation from PV (photovoltaic) systems is a relatively recent source of renewable energy. It has been expanding dramatically in recent years and is set to provide a growing share of the future global energy mix. IEC TC (Technical Committee) 82: Solar photovoltaic energy systems, prepares International Standards that play a central role in the development of PV technology and that contribute to cost reduction and innovation and to safer, better and more efficient PV systems.

Issue 08/2013

Rural electrification support for developing countries

IEC, World Bank and UN Foundation TS 62257 offer

Electrification is one of the key drivers facilitating economic and socio-cultural development. However rural areas in developing countries can sometimes be too remote to connect to the main grid – in these circumstances renewable energy off-grid applications provide the most suitable energy solution.

2012
Issue 05/2012

Mapping the way to energy efficiency

New Swiss member to SMB SG 1

Conrad Ulrich Brunner’s nomination as Swiss member to SMB SG (Strategic Group) 1 has been endorsed by SMB (Strategic Management Board).