The IEC helps keep the power on

New brochure showcases work in the energy sector

By Janice Blondeau

Modern life is unthinkable without electricity – it transforms lives. IEC International Standards cover all facets of electrical energy generation, distribution, storage and use; including manufacturing, Smart Grid, smart cities, smart buildings, and e-mobility. They allow millions of components, devices and systems that use or produce electricity or contain electronics to work safely with each other everywhere in the world. A new brochure shows just how the IEC is working when it comes to energy – you may be surprised!

How the IEC helps keep the power on is the theme of a new brochure.

Wherever there’s electric energy the IEC is present

IEC has led the way in establishing International Standards for transmission, connection and use. It provides detailed technical guidance for implementers of emerging systems such as off-grid small-scale sustainable energy initiatives. IEC’s primary drivers are safety, energy efficiency and systems compatibility, thus enabling safe and economic use of electrical and electronic goods and services wherever they are needed.

Electricity lights homes, offices and public spaces, drives information and communication technology, enables financial transactions and powers gadgets and mobile phones. IEC work covers the devices that use electricity at home, in the office, in healthcare facilities or public spaces, as well as the components from which they are all built.

The IEC also administers Conformity Assessment Systems with thousands of testing laboratories that certify that components, equipment and systems meet its Standards.

The IEC and energy

The new brochure provides insights, with colourful photos and graphics, of how the IEC and the thousands of experts who participate in its work are committed to bringing reliable and safe electricity to the world, including the 1,3 billion people who so urgently need it. It presents real life examples with reference to the relevant IEC Technical Committees and Conformity Assessment schemes.

Electrical energy... the IEC helps keep the power on has sections on the main areas of the IEC’s work – generation, T&D (Transmission & Distribution), storage, components, connectors, cables and switches.  Also covered is work in interoperability, safety, EMC (Electromagnetic compatibility), terminology, and the environment and hazardous substances.

The brochure Electrical energy... the IEC helps keep the power on can be downloaded here in PDF format or as a paper version from the IEC Central Office. It is a suitable educational and awareness-building tool which can be used by Technical Committees and National Committees alike.   This is a living document, which will continue to be updated as IEC work develops. Your feedback and comments are most appreciated. Please send them to Janice Blondeau.

IEC_Electrical_Energy_Keep_the_power_on-cover How the IEC helps keep the power on is the theme of a new brochure.
Hydro Aluminium Sunndal_Norway IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment schemes are present wherever there is electrical energy. (Photo credit © Norsk Hydro)
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