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Issue 05/2017

European workshops promote IECRE marine technology certification

New 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

Morocco steps up standardization activities

COMELEC Forum emphasizes need for active participation in IEC work

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

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

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 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

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 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

Share your work

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 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 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

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 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

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).