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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

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

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

Upcoming global events

On the agenda: Energy and utilities, IoT, energy storage, EV batteries and hydropower

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

2017
Issue 07/2017

IECRE marine energy promoted at largest global hydropower event

Standards and testing enable essential marine technology design evaluation

The leading renewable source for electricity generation globally is hydropower. In 2016, it generated 16.4% of the world's electricity, reaching 1,064 GW of installed capacity, and supplied 71% of all renewable electricity, according to a report by the World Energy Council.

Issue 07/2017

Expanded pumped storage power station goes into service

IEC experts, e-tech, visit new Veytaux pumped storage plant

Electricity is consumed predominantly as it is produced. Electricity generation relies increasingly on new renewable energy (RE) sources, mainly sun and wind. These are intermittent and not always available when needed, so electrical energy storage (EES) becomes essential in integrating them successfully into the energy mix. Pumped storage is by far the largest-capacity form of EES available, representing around 95% of the total available globally, according to the US Department of Energy Global Energy Storage Database

Issue 07/2017

Reduced scale model testing for hydropower projects

New and refurbished hydropower projects require extensive testing

Hydropower projects are usually very large, designed to last for decades and then to be refurbished. Owing to the huge costs involved and the need to achieve the best possible results and efficiency, extensive testing of hydropower performance is required, although the sheer size of these projects precludes testing at full scale. An independent facility from EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne carries out reduced scale tests of hydraulic machinery from all over the world, based on IEC industry standards.

Issue 07/2017

Flexible hydro operation for lean integration of new renewables

Hydropower helps incorporate the growing share of intermittent renewable sources into the energy mix

In 2015, global generation of electricity was 24 255 TWh. Hydropower accounted for around 16% of the total, making it the main renewable energy (RE) source for electricity generation. It will also play a key role in the future integration of power generated by new RE sources and in balancing its impact on the grid.

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 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

Upcoming global events (June-September 2017)

On the agenda: hydropower, marine energy, solar PV asset management, EMC and rotating machinery

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

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

Upcoming global events

On the agenda: LVDC, energy management, lighting, IoT, hydropower, solar PV asset management and rotating machinery

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

2016
Issue 08/2016

Tackling energy efficiency from the start

Better energy efficiency is central to our future energy supply and to sustain growth

Energy efficiency represents the biggest source of untapped energy in the world and, by helping slowing down final energy consumption, one of the main contributors in the reduction of noxious gases emissions. Improved electrical energy efficiency is made possible by standardization work performed by many IEC Technical Committees (TCs) and starts with electricity generation, distribution and storage.

Issue 04/2016

Upcoming global events

Smart Cities and hydropower on the agenda

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

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).

2015
Issue 06/2015

Upcoming global events

IEC participants may get discount on attendance fees

The IEC regularly lends its support to key global and regional industry events allowing them to put forward IEC endorsement on their website and materials. We would like to draw your attention to several events that may be of interest to the IEC community.

Issue 05/2015

Over 130 years old, but still in its prime

Hydropower has been producing electricity for over 130 years and still has a bright future

Hydroelectricity still represents the largest source of renewable energy (RE) in the world. It is set to remain one of the largest, if not the largest, in many regions for the foreseeable future as more hydroelectric projects, large and small, come on stream. The IEC has been involved in standardization work for hydropower installations for over a century. The future of RE depends to a large extent on the success of well-established hydropower sources. Looking back at the history of hydropower shows the IEC has been closely involved in its development for more than a century through major standardization work.

Issue 05/2015

Upcoming global events

IEC participants enjoy ticket reductions

The IEC regularly lends its support to key global and regional industry events allowing them to put forward IEC endorsement on their website and materials. We would like to draw your attention to several events that may be of interest to the IEC community.

2014
Issue 07/2014

Keeping mature technology in top shape

Proper repair, maintenance and overhaul are essential to keep hydro installations running

With the share of RE (renewable energy) sources in the global energy generation mix predicted to grow considerably in coming decades, hydropower will continue to make a major contribution to clean energy production. Cost estimates for hydropower installations still tend to focus on equipment and construction expenditure. However, long-term lifecycles and the need to improve efficiency require extensive MRO (maintenance, repair and operations/overhaul) work that carries additional significant cost implications.