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TC News - February 2011


Decisions and actions resulting from the SMB meeting held in Geneva, 2011-02-16



Thomas A Edison Award


The incoming SMB Chairman, Jim Matthews presented the sixth Laureate, Reinhard Pelta, TC 64 Secretary, with the Award during the SMB meeting 140.


TC Presentations to SMB

TC 64 Electrical installations and protection against electric shock

Reinhard Pelta Secretary of TC 64 made a presentation to the SMB on the work of TC 64. TC 64 has adopted the systems approach. One of TC 64’s responsibilities is for the development of basic safety standards for protection against electric shock, installation standards covering safety measures, wiring rules and characteristics used for the selection of electrical equipment.  With the aim of enabling the safe use of electricity and the proper functioning of the equipment in the installation environment, TC 64 tasks require collaboration and coordination with many other committees: as customer of 31 TC/SCs, as supplier to 46 TC/SCs and as a member of ACOS and SMB SG 4, and observer in ACEC.  Work for future technologies includes LV-DC distribution systems and Energy Efficiency in LV Installations. This presentation has been made available in document SMB/4447/INF.

TC 82 Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems

The Chairman of TC 82 made a presentation to the SMB on the PV Markets Progress and the TC’s Programme Outlook. He identified major future markets as: Professional Grid for Peak Demand; Rooftops Residential / Non Residential; Rural Electrification.  TC 82 will continue to establish IEC Standards for a truly global market, anticipating needs for all PV technologies and markets yet to come. This presentation has been made available in document SMB/4459/INF.


SBP of IEC TC 23 Electrical Accessories


In responding to the SMB requests to TC 23 on its SBP, detailed in SMB decisions 138/5 and 136/6, the SMB questioned whether its concerns had been addressed. The SMB expressed appreciation for the spirit and outcome of the discussions in the ad hoc Group that was set up to respond to its requests. The SMB, however, noted, from the TC 23 SBP, the lack of timeline for executing the proposed step-by-step approach for including all major stakeholders’ market needs into International Standards. The TC 23 SBP was approved contingent upon TC 23 providing a timeline associated with the plan in D1, Section E of the SBP, to minimize the risk of lack of actual progress and to report to SMB before its meeting 141 in June 2011. (SMB Decision 140/6)


Changes to TC reports to SMB (RSMB)


SMB approved a proposal for improvements to the content of the FormRSMB to focus on key information needed by the SMB members.  It was agreed that statistics for each TC/SC should continue to be shown on the cover page of the RSMB for monitoring purposes.

The proposals (reference document SMB/4385/DC), were based on conclusions following analysis of previous reports to SMB:

  • To ensure follow-up that SMB comments from the last RSMB report have been addressed.

  • Clearer instructions are needed to ensure that QPs are valid and correctly phrased allowing a SMB decision to be made.

  • The information requested in Sections B and C of the current RSMB is sometimes not covered in committee meetings (e.g. approval of NWIPs) and too detailed.

  • More focus should be on the key issues discussed, potentially conflictual situations, policy issues and requests for guidance/clarification from the SMB.

  • Guidelines on the criteria for assessing “inactive” P-members need to be added to the FormRSMB.

(SMB Decision 140/8)


P-member participation in technical work


Taking the report of TC 86 and SCs as an example, the SMB observed that there are too many P-members voting automatically, failing to make technical comments, not nominating experts and making no contributions.  SMB therefore decided to create an ad hoc Group to review and develop criteria for the participation of P-members, taking into account the activity and expertise in their countries, by finding a more viable way to encourage active experts from NCs including Associate members.  SMB is expecting to have a report to consider at its June 2011 meeting.
(SMB Decision 140/9)


Trial for reduction of enquiry time for CDVs


The SMB agreed to ask TC 40, TC 86 and TC 100 at its discretion to trial over a one year period shortening the enquiry time for CDVs from 5 to 3 months.  SMB will review the results in June 2012. (Reference document SMB/4401/NCP). The Central Office will work with the TCs concerned on implementation of this trial, which will start as soon as possible.
(SMB Decision 140/11)


Harmonization of IEC Terminology


Following the SMB Decision 139/9, endorsing the IEC Central Office’s proposal to undertake, in conjunction with IEC TC 1, the management and responsibility to harmonize electrotechnical terminology, approved a Roadmap providing roles and responsibilities, a programme of work, transition period and implementation dates. TC 1 has been directed to make a call for members for the establishment of a new IEV Validation Team in accordance with the IEC/ISO Directives. (Reference document SMB/4383/DC). Central Office will be recruiting a specialist to work on the IEC publications to select and rationalize terms from IEC product publications, prepared by TC/SCs and propose them to the new Validation Team.
(SMB Decision 140/7)


Ambient Assisted Living


An SMB ahG was set-up to identify the IEC TCs concerned and provide a roadmap/Survey to see if work is needed on this subject.  SMB will review in June 2011 the proposal from the ahG and decide whether an SG or TC needs to be established.
(SMB Decision 140/25)


Power Quality and EMC


Responding to a proposal from the Swedish NC to set up an SG on Power Quality and EMC, SMB concurred with the ACEC recommendation that cooperation between TC 8, TC 64 and SC 77A, would be the most efficient way to proceed with this.  Noting that the 8/1284/NP on this subject had not been approved due to lack of participation, SMB requested that TC 8 resubmit the proposal in light of the interest expressed by the SMB members at the meeting to participate in this work.
(SMB Decision 140/27)


SMB Strategic Groups


The Roles and Mandates of SMB strategic Groups referenced in document SMB/4382/DC was accepted by the SMB.  Proposals for future SGs shall be in accordance with these requirements.  SGs are advised to hold regular consultations with TC experts, for example, in the form of Workshops. Liaisons shall be established with outside organizations.  Central Office will provide the secretariat support of these groups.  Existing SGs are invited to align their working procedures with these requirements. (Reference document SMB/4382/DC)
(SMB Decision 140/17)


Energy Efficiency

SMB SG 1:  Energy Efficiency and renewable resources

SG 1 is in discussion on the transformation into a more permanent group to manage and focus on consultancy offering guidance for IEC TCs/SCs in its domain.  In accordance with the recently approved terms or reference and scopes of SGs, SG 1 will be required to establish a detailed business plan and continue to maintain liaison with ISO SAG E.  SMB will review the SG 1 proposals at its June 2011 meeting. (Reference document SMB/4430/R)
(SMB Decision 140/18)

Market Strategy Board (MSB) EEE recommendations from the White Paper - Coping with the energy challenge - SMB TF responds to section 8

The SMB TF that was set up to give input on the implementation of the MSB EEE recommendations developed 17 recommendations.  Following approval at the last SMB meeting where 9 of the recommendations dealing with relatively straightforward actions were approved SMB took actions/decisions on the remaining recommendations.  (Reference document SMB/4377/R)


Architecture for system-oriented standards development
The SMB agreed that further work needs to be carried out on this subject.  Recommendation 1 calls for the systems approach and application-oriented global solutions of new products (new installations) and systems for retrofitting whole existing installations, which will also include revisiting existing product standards, where necessary, when new systems deliverables have been prepared.
SMB will consider asking TCs/SCs concerned to designate persons to participate in this effort, to regularly report back to SMB, in line with the conclusions/discussions on the structure of IEC’s technical activities.  SMB provisionally assigned the task to SG 1
(SMB Decision 140/12)


Defining Terminology and strategy on Architectures
Concerning recommendation 7, the SMB assigned the work of defining the terminology and the strategy on Architectures for optimizing systems work for best performance in energy efficiency to SG 1, in liaison with SG 3, which is partially covering reference architecture for energy efficiency.
(SMB Decision 140/13)


Liaisons with organizations
The SMB agreed with recommendation 4, that IEC should strengthen its liaisons with the International Energy Agency (IEA), Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate (APP), The World Energy Council and The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC) as proposed in the MSB recommendation, and to look further for ways to interact with IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) as proposed by the SMB TF recommendation.
(SMB Decision 140/15)


MSB Technology Watch Task Force
Regarding recommendation 6, the SMB decided to designate SMB member, Bernhard Thies, to the function for electrical energy efficiency (EEE) and carbon dioxide emissions reduction (Decarb). An ongoing task of this function will be to create and update Road Maps showing the current and foreseeable development of various technologies available for EEE/Decarb and the corresponding timetables for standardization.
(SMB Decision 140/16)

Three CN proposals for Smart Grid user interface

Further to surveying the relevant IEC TSs/SCs on whether the work could be undertaken by their TCs, it was noted that the work appears to be partially covered by existing TCs.  SG 3 is requested to work with the relevant TCs on how the work can be distributed and coordinated.  SMB will review the response at its June 2011 meeting. (Reference document SMB/4443/CC)
(SMB Decision 140/21)

SMB Sector Boards

The SMB will take a decision in June 2011, on the transformation of Sector Boards 1 and 4 into Advisory Committees or Strategic groups as proposed by them. (Reference documents SMB/4394/R and SMB/4422/DC)

ISO/IEC Automotive MoU

ISO/TMB and IEC SMB has approved, by correspondence, the revised MoU between ISO/TC 22 and IEC TCs.  It was noted that TC 85 should be added to Annex A and SC 17D added to Annex B of the MoU.  (Reference document SMB/4411/QP)  SMB will continue to monitor the work in this area and agreed on the need for coordination of IEC work on electric vehicles.  SMB will consider setting up an advisory committee at its June 2011 meeting.
(SMB Decision 140/28)


In response to the ISO invitation for IEC to join ISO in a call for participation to determine interest for a new field of activity on co-generation, the SMB confirmed its commitment to providing support for this technology within the IEC’s areas of competence, particularly to aspects related to electrical power generation. SMB established an ad hoc group under the convenership of the US with participation of experts from CN, DE, FR, JP and SE to identify IEC standardization and which IEC TCs are involved.  As a start, possible TCs identified are TC 5, TC 45 and TC 105. 
(SMB Decision 140/29)

By definition co-generation is the electric and thermal energy produced simultaneously from a common fuel source. Co-generation has impact on other individual technologies such as smart metering, real time communication, energy conservation, best building practices, etc.



IEC/CENELEC Cooperation

The SMB recognizes the CENELEC commitment to the Dresden Agreement citing the CENELEC EU Mandate M/461 for standardization activities regarding nanotechnologies offered to IEC. The IEC wishes to encourage CENELEC to consult with IEC when responding to EU Mandates, with a view to having standards work carried at the international level if at all possible.
(SMB Decision 140/32)


CEN-CENELEC Guide 17 Guidance for writing standards taking into account micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMES) needs

The SMB agreed that this guide be processed as an ISO/IEC Guide, but decided to ask the ISO/IEC Joint Directives Maintenance Team JDMT to take any editorial changes into account before submitting to NCs for acceptance. (Reference document SMB/4389/DC)
(SMB Decision 140/33)




Dates for 2011

2011-06-10 - Friday, Stockholm
2011-10-24 - Monday, Melbourne (General Meeting)

Dates for 2012

2012-02-15 – Wednesday, Geneva
2012-06-12 – Tuesday, Boston USA
2012-10-01 – Oslo, Norway (General Meeting)