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IEC e-tech – July 2012

IEC e-tech: July 2012

Cooling & Heating

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Editor in Chief:

Gabriela Ehrlich


Managing Editor e-tech :

Claire Marchand



Morand Fachot

Zoé Smart





Renewables for buildings


Renewable energies are set to play a growing role for heating and cooling buildings. A good example of what can be achieved is offered by the Olympic Park in London where 20% of the electricity requirements will be provided by new local renewable energy sources.


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Cooler and warmer, yet leaner and cleaner


Over 25% of global energy demand is for space heating and domestic water heating. Heating is still mainly provided by fossil fuels, whereas cooling and ventilation systems rely primarily on electricity. IEC TCs prepare International Standards for components and systems used in heating, cooling and ventilation installations.


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Heating, cooling and powering the 2012 Olympics


Modern Olympics have often been branded as extravagant with costly installations in service only during the event and unsuitable for later use by the general public. The provision of heating, cooling and power in a sustainable way is at the centre of the 2012 Games to ensure a positive legacy when the Games are over.


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A smarter way of using heat pumps


David Victor Tackie, is a 2011 Young Professional Leader. With Helena Segerberg, a Consultant Engineer from Balslev working on a large Danish Smart Grid project, he talks of how heat pumps could be integrated into the smart system of the future, able to deal with various coefficients of performance and even out power loads.


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Electroheating for a clean, energy-efficient industry


Electroheating, the high-power heating of material through electrical energy, is widespread in many industrial sectors, for the processing of many elements ranging from metals to glass, ceramics, polymers or natural fibres. It is also widely used in the food industry. In general it is more energy efficient than many other industrial processes relying on fossil fuels, significantly cleaner and offers better quality products..


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TC 27: The heat is on!


Electroheating is used in many different processes with different technologies to make countless products we use, consume or even eat. IEC TC 27 prepares International Standards for the many installations used in the sector.


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Safeguarding the Olympic spirit


Ensuring the security of major global sporting events such as the Olympic Games or the World Cup represents a major challenge for organizers. Many of the technical measures that underpin the overall security system for the London Games depend on electronic devices and installations that rely on International Standards prepared by JTC 1, the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee that deals with information technology matters. Its work is also widely used in systems introduced to help athletes and spectators enjoy the Olympic experience.


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Energy-efficient motors


Leading manufacturers of industrial motors around the world have already adopted an energy efficiency classification that was put in place by the IEC and published as a globally relevant IEC International Standard. Now the IECEE is working with NEMA on the development of a truly global labelling programme for all types and sizes of industrial motors.


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Personnel competence is key to safety


The IECEx CoPC (Certification of Personnel Competence) Scheme was chosen as the ‘best in class’ programme by Baker Hughes to assure confidence that the company's staff are well qualified and have the competence needed to perform their duties safely in the hazardous environments in which they operate across the globe.


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Keeping electronic components cool


Invisible yet omnipresent, electronic components play a crucial role in modern technology. While they are key parts of systems such as those that control and regulate heating and cooling in buildings, for example, electronic components are not themselves immune to overheating. They therefore require their own cooling systems in case of overheating, to prevent temporary malfunction or even permanent failure.


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Coordinating Smart Grid roll-out


Jacques Régis, IEC Immediate Past President, was invited by APEC SCSC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance) to provide an overview of IEC Smart Grid work. The workshop, which took place in Quebec, Canada, on 16 May 2012, aims to help APEC economies to avoid unnecessary obstacles to trade and investment related to Smart Grid deployment and to promote the use of interoperable Smart Grid standards.


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Participation and efficiency


IEC Immediate Past President Jacques Régis, IEC Vice President Hiromichi Fujisawa, and IEC-APRC Regional Director Dennis Chew attended the 35th PASC meeting in South Korea. They made presentations on key IEC work, progress in Masterplan implementation and the importance of active participation to gain influence in the global standardization process. Their presentations were complemented by others that demonstrated the IEC contribution to energy efficiency and sustainability.


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Growing an industry


IEC Global Visions interviewed Sandy Butterfield, founding CEO and CTO of Boulder Wind Power, a small, venture backed company that participates actively in the IEC. Butterfield, who is Chairman of TC 88: Wind turbines, is a pioneer in the wind industry. He talked about how IEC International Standards have allowed this industry to grow by helping manufacturers design more reliable machines and build the trust required to generate the necessary investment.


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IEC-APRC celebrates 10-year anniversary


IEC-APRC celebrates 10 successful years of promoting awareness of the IEC and providing support to TCs (Technical Committees) in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.


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Energy-saving electroheating


IEC TC 27: Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing has announced the appointment of its new Chairman. Sven Linow will begin his term on 6 August for a period of 6 years.


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Smart ideas for the Smart Grid


SMB has approved Claudio Marchetti as the Swedish member of SG 3: Smart Grid. SG 3 was set up to provide strategic guidance to TCs involved in Smart Grid-related work.


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New Belgian member of SG 5 on Ambient Assisted Living


Wim de Kesel has been approved by SMB as Belgian member to SMB SG 5: Ambient Assisted Living. The Strategic Group manages and coordinates standardization work related to AAL.


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Consolidated standard for portable heating tools


Heating of a range of materials using electrical energy with special large equipment is widespread in industrial applications. Portable electric heating tools, such as soldering irons for metals and plastics, paint strippers or glue guns are widely employed for small tasks that do not require heavy equipment. Being used in domestic and professional environments they must be particularly safe. An International Standard prepared by IEC TC 61: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances, ensures this is the case.


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Getting to know the IEC


The News log page is a recent addition to the IEC website. It provides media people and anyone interested in learning about the IEC with a mine of information. News releases, upcoming events and workshops, videos, direct access to the IEC social media pages, links to relevant sections of the website are just one click away.


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