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IEC e-tech – May 2012

IEC e-tech: May 2012

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Editor in Chief:

Gabriela Ehrlich


Managing Editor e-tech :

Claire Marchand



Morand Fachot

Philippa King Rojo

Zoé Smart


Data or electricity


The demand for electrical energy storage has grown tremendously in the recent years: for mobile electronic devices, transportation, renewable energies and smart grids. And so has the demand for data storage. Several IEC technical committees are actively involved in the development of IEC International Standards for different types of storage technologies.


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White Paper on Electrical Energy Storage


The IEC Market Strategy Board has published a White Paper on EES (Electrical Energy Storage) in which it analyzes the role EES plays in electricity use. It details the various types of EES technologies, their features and applications, offers an overview of the markets and provides a forecast of the EES market potential by 2030.


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Standardization for cloud computing


ISO/IEC JTC 1: Information technology, created Subcommittee 38: Distributed application platforms and services, to work on standardization for Cloud Computing and other applications. Its Chairman, Donald R. Deutsch details the work of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38 in support of cloud computing.


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Bringing storage out of storage


Electrical Energy Storage (EES) is becoming increasingly important as alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar, feed into the grid. EES allows for power flow to be controlled, reducing generation costs and balancing power fluctuation.


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Power on the go – the electric vehicle and its battery


The breakthrough for EVs (electric vehicles) will be directly dependent on technical advances for its key component, the battery. Today, all available automotive battery technologies have distinct advantages and disadvantages in terms of safety, performance, cost and other parameters.


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Electronomics: Reinventing electricity


In this article, Jesse Berst explains that the first step to profiting from Electronomics – which he defines as the economics of the global shift to an Electricity Economy -- is to understand the revolution that is upon us and how it will impact the world.


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Storage for portable devices


The number of portable consumer electronic devices used for entertainment, communication or computing has grown dramatically in recent decades. This growth was made possible thanks to technological advances in the production of more powerful, energy-efficient and cheaper electronic components and devices. Another major driver in this expansion was also a result of significant improvements in battery technology, an important activity for several IEC Technical Committees.


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Secondary batteries powering our future


Instant access to electricity anywhere at any time is becoming more and more important. In many conditions and locations, only batteries can provide this access. Secondary batteries, which can be recharged, offer the greatest flexibility for many applications whether stationary or mobile. They make up the fastest growing segment of the battery market and are evolving constantly with the introduction of new materials. This expansion is well supported by the work of IEC Technical Committee 21.


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Primary batteries shall not go flat


Storing electrical energy is essential to ensure access to power when and where needed, namely on the move, to help balance supply and demand or when power from the grid is not available. Batteries help meet this need for countless applications and situations. Primary batteries can only be used once and disposed of when discharged, losing ground to their rechargeable counterparts, they are essential for certain applications. International Standards for the latter group are prepared by IEC Technical Committee 35.


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One test, one standard, accepted everywhere


IECEE has developed close cooperation with international and regional organizations that recognize the benefits of the IECEE System in facilitating trade, the ACCSQ (ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality) among those. IECEE Executive Secretary Pierre de Ruvo participated in the 38th ACCSQ meeting in Brunei Darussalam last March.


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Dubai Conference marks launch of IECEx in the Gulf


As a media sponsor of the IECEx International Conference in Dubai last March, Hazardous Area International had the opportunity to interview Mohammed Saleh Badri, of ESMA, Lorenza Jachia of UNECE, as well as Chris Agius of IECEx. The conference was oranized jointly by ESMA and IECEx, in conjunction with UNECE.


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Hazards under control


Both electrical energy storage and data storage systems would not be possible without electronic components. IECQ has the perfect tools to ensure, through testing and certification, that all electronic components on the market are safe, reliable and free of hazardous substances.


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Eliminating technical barriers to trade


The WTO (World Trade Organization) TBT (Technical Barriers to Trade) meeting took place on 20-21 March 2012. The IEC was represented by Françoise Rauser, in charge of the IEC Affiliate Country Programme and international liaisons.


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Convergence of views


For several years now, the IEC has been represented at SADCSTAN, the SADC (Southern African Development Community) Cooperation in Standardization. There are close ties between the two organizations and all 15 SADC countries are in the IEC Family.


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High level discussions in Burkina Faso


One of the objectives of the IEC Affiliate Secretariat for 2012 is to enhance participation and involvement of Western African countries in IEC work. The joint ISO/IEC regional course on adopting and referencing International Standards, which took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 26-28 March 2012 was a good opportunity to meet with several Affiliates from the region.


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2012 Young Professionals Programme: Looking ahead!


The highly successful IEC Young Professionals' Programme is now into its third year and registration for the 2012 Oslo workshop has opened. IEC National Committees have until the end of June to register the participants whom they have selected at national level.


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Get involved - Participate


One of the principal roles of IEC-APRC (Asia-Pacific Regional Centre) is to promote awareness of the IEC in the region, to increase the use of IEC International Standards and to enhance participation of all countries in the Commission’s work. "Enhancing the participation in the IEC work" was the theme of a training organized by IEC-APRC in Singapore on 7-8 March 2012.


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Obituary – a legacy in the world of semiconductors


A past IEC Vice-President , Dr. Ryoiku Togei, has died aged 77. Togei's association with the IEC dates back to 1980 when he first participated as Japanese delegate for IEC TC 47: Semiconductor devices.


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Standards for more environmental-friendly products


“Eco-friendly” and “climate neutral” are strong marketing arguments today. Electrical and electronic products are manufactured using many substances, some like lead, mercury or cadmium are regulated and must be reported. IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems, recently released a landmark standard designed to help the industry track and declare specific information about the material composition of its products.


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