Upgrading power networks
In most countries in the world power distribution networks need to be upgraded to cope with the integration of renewable energy and increasingly decentralized power generation. Innovative storage solutions will be essential to level out the intermittent nature of power generation from renewables. Optimal distribution, storage and monitoring of electrical power resources, via so-called smart grids, smart buildings, electric vehicles and smart meters will be central to ensuring the best possible use of energy.
Many of these issues were addressed at the IEC World Smart Grid Forum 2013 which took place last September in Berlin, Germany.
IEC plays major role
From energy generation, transmission and distribution to electric devices, equipment, installations and systems to electronic components, and much more, IEC standardization and conformity assessment activities play a major role in national or regional Smart Grid projects.
The IEC Smart Grid Standards Map offers easy and instant identication of any given standard in relation to its role within the Smart Grid. New standards are added on a regular basis.
The brochure Electrical energy… the IEC helps keep the power on provides a good overview of the work done by the IEC in the energy sector.
On the one hand, a great number of IEC TCs (Technical Committees) prepare International Standards that are relevant to the Smart Grid issue. On the other, IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, is developing a specific programme, based on a great number of IEC International Standards, for the testing and certification of devices, equipment, installations and systems that are essential to the development of safe, reliable and efficient Smart Grids.