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IEC e-tech – July 2013

IEC e-tech: July 2013

Marine and hydro energy


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Editor in Chief:

Gabriela Ehrlich


Managing Editor e-tech :

Claire Marchand



Janice Blondeau

Aliyah Esmail

Morand Fachot

Zoé Smart

Laurianne Trimoulla


From oceans and rivers to the grid


This issue reviews some of the technologies developed and deployed to gather power from oceans and rivers throughout the world and explains the role of IEC TC 114 and several other TC/SCs that prepare International Standards for these sectors.


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World Smart Grid Forum 2013 - Early bird registration


Registration for the World Smart Grid Forum 2013 is open. The event, which will take place in Berlin, Germany, on 23-25 September, is a great opportunity to get a different perspective on the Smart Grid issue. Don’t miss out on the early bird registration, available until 24 August!


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Twenty thousand megawatts under the sea


With growing global energy needs and concern about the adverse impact of burning fossil fuels, efforts are under way to tap all renewable energies, including marine energy. Wave, tidal and other water current converters, which have been tested for a number of years, are set to be deployed in grid-connected applications in coming years.


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Small but by no means insignificant


The IEC plays a pioneering role in preparing International Standards for small hydropower, that is installations of up to 15 MW. These can add significantly to the capacities of large and small countries and bring prosperity to communities deprived of electricity.


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Invisible link


Gathering marine energy is only a part of the overall equation. The other less visible yet crucial one consists in transferring power to the grid and end users. Many systems and parts necessary for this are already available thanks to International Standards developed by various IEC TCs and SCs.


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On and under the surface


As the quest for a greater share of renewables in the global energy mix gathers momentum, marine energy is emerging as a huge and potentially unlimited source of power. IEC TC 114: Marine energy, prepares International Standards for marine energy converters for the sector.


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He did it his way


As in previous years, IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, held its annual series of meetings at the beginning of the summer, this time in Vancouver, Canada, from 17 to 21 June 2013. What distinguished this year’s gathering was the announcement that IECEE Executive Secretary and COO Pierre de Ruvo would step down at the end of the year..


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Explosions avoided


IECEx will be holding its annual meetings from 16 to 20 September in Fortaleza, Brazil. As part of these meetings, IECEx, the IEC National Committee of Brazil and UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) will be hosting a special one day workshop on safety in the Ex field.


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Malaysia hosts explosive conference


Organized by the IEC and IECEx, together with Department of Standards Malaysia, and in conjunction with UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), the 2014 IECEx International Conference will take place on 19-20 February 2014. The event will provide a unique opportunity for Asian industries to get better acquainted with IEC International Standards, Conformity Assessment Systems in general and find out how they can derive most benefit from the IECEx services.


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Life and property on the line


Counterfeiting has proven to be a viable and lucrative industry in many areas of the world, specifically the counterfeiting of microcircuits used in electronic devices. IECQ has launched a programme designed to address the international counterfeit crisis faced by the ADHP (aerospace, defense and high performance) sectors.


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Sharing knowledge


IEC Global Visions interviewed Gang Wu, Chairman and CEO of Goldwind, the largest manufacturer of wind turbines in China, and among the largest globally. In this interview, Wu explains how active participation in IEC work allowed his company to jump development hurdles and learn from the mistake of others; how this shared knowledge helped improve wind turbine design, performance and reliability and ultimately built the trust needed to sell globally.


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Welcome IEC Young Professionals


Almost 30 NCs (National Committees) have registered participants for the IEC Young Professionals - 2013 workshop which will be held in New Delhi in October during the 77th IEC General Meeting. For many participants the workshop provides the first exposure to an IEC General Meeting and to standardization and conformity assessment at such a high level.


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Mentoring, a central force


The IEC has launched a mentoring programme for its members as well as for Affiliate Countries. The purpose of this programme is to broaden participation at all levels by encouraging well developed NCs to mentor and share their experience with other NCs and Affiliates’ NECs (National Electrotechnical Committees).


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A status to help ensure safety


Recognizing the need to raise awareness and provide a better understanding of the specific requirements linked to conformity assessment activities, the IEC Affiliate Country Programme Secretariat is launching the new ACAS (Affiliate Conformity Assessment Status) in August 2013.


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The SMB (Standardization Management Board) has approved the nomination of the new ACEC Chairman as well as that of new country members of two Strategic Groups and one Advisory Committee.


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Stephan Bürgin, President of the IEC National Committee of Switzerland, was fatally injured in a glider accident in the South of France. Forest wardens discovered the crash site on Tuesday 2 July, seven days after Bürgin was reported missing.


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First upgraded Consolidated version of IEC Publication released


The first upgraded Consolidated version of an IEC Publication has been released. These documents are now issued as packages that include both the Redline version, which shows changes, and the Final version that does not show where the technical content is modified by amendment(s).


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