IEC and the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) hosted the first ever low voltage direct current (LVDC) Conference for Sustainable Electricity Access, in Nairobi on May 22-23, 2017.
The aim of the Conference was to discuss how to bring adequate, clean, affordable electricity to the 1,2 billion people who go without.
Policy makers, funding agencies, project implementers, government and non-government bodies, technology research organizations, academia and field practitioners addressed the realities, challenges, and consequences of electricity access, or lack thereof. Topics included:
“An important outcome of the Conference is that industry leaders from electrotechnical companies across the world were really listening and now have a clearer idea of what the global community expects of the standardization community”, said Vimal Mahendru, Chair, IEC Systems Committee, LVDC and LVDC for Electricity Access (SyC LVDC), and IEC Ambassador.
Many countries in the developing world are presently far from having 100% electrification and providing adequate electricity to all citizens. These countries urgently require electricity access standards. The IEC Affiliate Country Programme aims to enable these countries to get involved in the standardization process, and to adopt IEC International Standards. Fourteen Affiliate Country Members attended the Conference and their delegates also participated in subsequent IEC plenary meetings for LVDC standardization.
“The work of the LVDC standardization community will be considered done, only when there is electricity in every hut, home, village, town, district, state and country, and it should be clean, affordable, abundant and available 24 hours a day, every day of the week”, said Mahendru.
During the Conference wrap-up, the delegates agreed on the following nine key points:
The Conference was co-sponsored by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen), the Institute of Electrical Installation Engineers of Japan, Eaton, Legrand, Schneider and Siemens; it was supported by the African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission (AFSEC).