Greentech

  • House of the rising sun

    15 May 2018 by Catherine Bischofberger
    IEC is paving the way for the growth of concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) capacity around the world by issuing a number of new publications in the field, while technical breakthroughs are making the technology more...
  • Going green

    15 May 2018 by Zoë Smart
    More and more governments and industry players recognize the importance of taking measures to safeguard the environment. But do International Standards have a role to play in the process?
  • Harvesting energy from roads

    15 February 2018 by Natalie Mouyal
    Imagine using the millions of kilometres of paved roads around the world to harvest energy. Apart from the initial investment costs required for equipment and installation, this energy source is free to produce and has...
  • Clean air moves boost interest in electric trucks

    15 February 2018 by Peter Feuilherade
    The electrification of commercial vans and trucks is being driven by a combination of technological advances in passenger electric vehicles and moves by governments and cities around the world to reduce greenhouse gas...
  • Reduced scale model testing for hydropower projects

    15 July 2017 by Dr Loïc Andolfatto, Mech. Eng. MSc. ENS de Cachan, France, Head of EPFL LMH Testing Group, Expert for IEC TC4/WG33 and Prof. François Avellan, Eng. Dr Université d’Aix Marseille 2, Director of EPFL LMH, Convenor of IEC TC4 Maintenance Team 32
    Hydropower projects are usually very large, designed to last for decades and then to be refurbished. Owing to the huge costs involved and the need to achieve the best possible results and efficiency, extensive testing of...
  • Flexible hydro operation for lean integration of new renewables

    15 July 2017 by Dr Arthur Favrel, Mech. Eng. MSc. Université Claude Bernard de Lyon, France, EPFL LMH post doctoral assistant and Prof. François Avellan, Eng. Dr Université d’Aix Marseille 2, Director of EPFL LMH, Convenor of IEC TC 4 Maintenance Team 32
    In 2015, global generation of electricity was 24 255 TWh. Hydropower accounted for around 16% of the total, making it the main renewable energy (RE) source for electricity generation. It will also play a key role in the...
  • Air transport required to clean up its act

    21 June 2017 by Morand Fachot
    Transportation is a major source of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG); air transport is a contributor and efforts have been under way to cut emissions from the sector for many years. These are not limited to cutting...
  • Energy efficiency to recover power for the future

    21 June 2017 by Morand Fachot
    Energy efficiency (EE) is the most important and easily available source of energy; it can be collected along the entire energy chain, from generation, transmission and storage to final use in industry, homes or...
  • Towards sustainable, Smart Communities

    21 April 2017 by Janice Blondeau
    To mark the occasion of the 2017 G7 Summit, an article about the IEC contribution in dealing with climate change in cities and communities, written by Frans Vreeswijk, General Secretary and CEO, appears in the official...
  • Ten years of marine energy standardization

    21 April 2017 by Antoinette Price
    Today, a number of different technologies are being developed to extract energy from oceans, such as tidal, river and ocean current and wave power. Though only a few large-scale systems currently operate, several are...
  • Energy harvest ‘feeds’ road vehicles

    21 April 2017 by Morand Fachot
    Recovering energy can offer attractive solutions for providing additional power to motor vehicles at the same time as cutting their fuel consumption and emissions. They rely on a number of systems that recover thermal...