International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

May 2014


Energy at the core of IEC activities

Longstanding and leading involvement in electrotechnical standardization

The focus of the May edition of IEC e-tech is on energy generation.

A pioneer and a leader in electrotechnical standardization

For more than a century now, the IEC has led the way in electrotechnical standardization, and power generation has always played a major role in the Commission’s work. Hydro and traditional thermal power sources such as coal, gas, and oil were the first on the IEC work programme; nuclear came next, followed in the past two decades by renewable energy from sun, wind and water.

Renewable developments

The May issue takes a closer look at recent developments in renewables, from ocean and tidal energy converters to CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) and CHP (Combined Heat and Power) technologies, and provides an update on IEC TC (Technical Committee) work in those fields.

Safety, reliability and performance

This issue also highlights the major role played by the three IEC CA (Conformity Assessment) Systems in testing and certifying devices and pieces of equipment used in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. The importance of IECEx in the protection of workers and equipment from explosions on fossil fuel extraction sites, the longstanding involvement of IECEE in the testing and certification of electrical and electronic equipment, and the need for IECQ certification in today’s smart world are some of the topics addressed this month.

International event in China

And last but not least, e-tech talked to Jack Sheldon, who was one of the IEC representatives at the Forum of Smart City International Standardization, organized by SAC (Standardization Administration of China) in Guilin, Guangxi, China.


  • Energy generation, transmission and distribution are at the core of IEC standardization activities
  • The marine energy sector is expected to grow over the next decades
  • Claire Marchand, Managing Editor e-tech



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