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



The MSB (Market Strategy Board) was set up by the IEC to identify the principal technological trends and market needs in the IEC’s fields of activity. It sets strategies to maximize input from primary markets and establishes priorities for the technical and conformity assessment work of the IEC, improving the IEC’s response to the needs of innovative and fast-moving markets.


To accomplish its work, the MSB sets up special working groups that are dissolved after they have completed their work.


The MSB comprises 15 chief technology officers as members appointed from industry, and (ex officio) the IEC Officers.


The MSB publishes recommendations – White Papers – in a form that differs from International Standards.

Strategy and trends for the future

Microgrids for disaster preparedness and recovery

With electricity continuity plans and systems

While they are often seen as a means of encouraging the take up of renewable energy and addressing challenges of peak demand, microgrids can make a significant contribution to disaster preparedness and recovery.

This Paper considers preparation for and recovery from major electricity outages, with a focus on customer-side measures. Microgrids, the White Paper shows, are a solution to many of the issues identified in the disaster review. By relying on a variety of generators, a microgrid system avoids many of the single-point-of failure issues of the traditional electricity grid.



Grid integration of large-capacity Renewable Energy sources and use of large-capacity Electrical Energy Storage


The proportion of Renewable Energies is likely to increase in all major electricity markets. Their large-scale incorporation into existing electricity grids will be complex, and their successful integration will likely depend on large-capacity Electrical Energy Storage.

The Paper primary goal is to provide a global view on the state of the art and future directions for grid integration of large-capacity Renewable Energy sources and the application of large-capacity Electrical Energy Storage for that purpose. It identifies challenges for grid operators and producers of electricity, and provides insights into current and potential methods for addressing these difficulties. The Paper aims to support grid integration efforts around the world by providing guidance to the electric utility industry, policy-makers and the IEC standardization and conformity assessment community.



Electrical Energy Storage


In this White Paper the IEC MSB analyzes the role of energy storage in electricity use and identifies all available technologies, as well as their market potential. The role of the White Paper, Electrical Energy Storage, is also to provide market guidance for the work of the IEC in support of this industry.


This Paper was prepared by the Electrical Energy Storage Project Team, a part of the MSB Special Working Group on technology and market watch, with a major contribution from the Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme.



Coping with the Energy Challenge


With this White Paper, the IEC is laying the foundation for the electrical energy efficiency discussion.


The Special Working Group on Electrical Energy Efficiency, under the leadership of Claude Breining of Schneider Electric, prepared and published the White Paper, Coping with the Energy Challenge. The IEC’s role from 2010 to 2030, that was accepted by IEC Council at the end of 2009 and officially launched at the World Energy Congress in Montreal in September 2010.