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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

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 07/2017

Here comes the sun

Solar PV on the cusp of becoming widespread

Solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity is rapidly increasing its share of global power generation. Technology and production breakthroughs are making it cheaper to manufacture. The IEC is leading the way with the appropriate International Standards.

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

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

Instilling confidence in a whole industry

IECRE System offers a common language for a highly technical product

Established in 2014, IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, is the newest of the IEC Conformity Assessment (CA) Systems.

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 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 03/2017

Upcoming global events (April-June 2017)

On the agenda: Live maintenance, cybersecurity, fuel cells and batteries, energy storage, emerging technologies, digital utilities, LVDC, IoT and more

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

Issue 04/2017

Ten years of marine energy standardization

IEC work helps lay the foundations of an emerging Renewable Energy sector

Today, a number of different technologies are being developed to extract energy from oceans, such as tidal, river and ocean current and wave power. Though only a few large-scale systems currently operate, several are being demonstrated in Asia, Europe and North America.

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

Stacking solar, setting standards

Solar photovoltaic installations on the cusp of significant performance boost

Rapid development of new materials and production techniques in solar photovoltaics (PV) is pushing both the limits of technology and relevant industry standards. With a swathe of new PV cell types emerging, the solar sector is set for a revolution. International Standards developed by IEC Technical Committee (TC) 82 and the IECEE certification scheme for PV help support this expansion.

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.

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.