Many countries around the world are working towards producing more power from and increasing the amount of renewables to be integrated into national energy supplies.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) met in November for its fourth session of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy Efficiency (GERE). Attending the event were ministers, companies developing RE equipment and systems, and international organizations, such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The aim of the meeting was to look at progress on implementing activities under the current two-year plan and those for the 2018-2019 period. Four themes discussed were:
Jonathan Colby, Chair, Marine Energy, Operational Management Committee for IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, presented during the event.
He highlighted the importance of third party certification to consensus-based International Standards, which can reduce risk, improve market access and support the commercialization of marine energy.
Colby is also Chair of IEC Technical Committee (TC) 114: Marine Energy, which develops Standards that cover design and safety, including reliability and survivability; performance measurements of wave, tidal and water current energy converters; testing: laboratory, manufacturing and factory acceptance, measurement methodologies of physical aspects of the device and more. These Standards are used for certification within IECRE Marine Energy sector.
“The most important outcome of the GERE meeting was to have three conclusions included in the GERE Meeting Report, which is great for marine energy and for the work we do on Standards and certifications”, said Colby.
IECRE was created in 2014, because the ever-increasing demand for electricity, and the need to reduce power generated by fossil fuels, have led to rapid development and growth of the RE sector. IECRE also addresses the specific requirements of the RE sector, which are not covered by the existing IEC Conformity Assessment Systems.
The System aims to facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in RE in the marine, solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy sectors, while maintaining the required level of safety. Each of these sectors will be able to operate IECRE Schemes that cover products, services and personnel, to provide testing, inspection and certification.
Find out more at IECRE.