Transmission and distribution of electricity
Preparing the future
Both are facing new challenges:
- Renewable energy sources, which are often intermittent, have to be transported over long distances and integrated into existing transmission networks.
- Conventional power grids, which produce electricity in large quantities and deliver it in a one way direction to different users, increasingly have to integrate excess power generated locally, for example via solar panels on a house. To ensure that the grid can safely absorb such bi-directional distributed energy resources (DERs), it must add intelligence.
- Networks need to be upgraded to improve energy efficiency, reduce environmental impact and better handle increasing demand for power
All of these standards serve as the basis for testing and certification of components, devices, and systems. IEC runs four Conformity Assessment Systems which verify whether a product or device is built to the requirements contained in IEC Standards.
Transmission and distribution technology
Global energy interconnection
Distributed electric power
IEC is paving the way for these new technologies by developing and publishing a wide number of standards.
Electricity generating capacity is expanding to meet growing worldwide demand.
Renewable energies represent a fast-growing percentage of electricity generation.
Nuclear power plants (NPPs) produce an important proportion of the world's electricity.
Storing energy is becoming ever more important as our demand for electricity increases.
IEC is forging a path for this global transformation with the required international standards.
Distributed energy resources are a way of increasing energy efficiency and improving grid resilience.
Getting clean and modern electricity to those who need it the most with the help of the IEC.
One of the most important ways of helping us to save energy is by implementing energy efficiency measures.
Renewable energy generates direct current and we use direct current in our homes to power many of our devices, from LED lights to mobile phones.
IEC publications help them to meet the various technical challenges they unavoidably face moving forward.