solar energy

  • Certification advances renewable energy industries

    15 April 2019 by Antoinette Price
    According to the Renewable Capacity Statistics 2019 report by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), 2018 closed with a total renewable energy generation capacity of 2 351 GW, up by 171 GW on the previous year...
  • Women still gotta fight!

    15 February 2019 by Claire Marchand
    Women are still underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). According to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 29% of those in science research and...
  • Council elects future IEC President

    15 June 2018 by Claire Marchand
    IEC Council elected Yinbiao Shu of China as IEC President for a three-year term of office, starting 1 January 2020.
  • 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...
  • Electronics essential for sustainable energy model

    15 July 2017 by Claire Marchand
    The demand for energy is growing fast, for electricity even faster. To meet the needs of over 9 billion people by 2050, energy production will have to double while at the same time greenhouse gas emissions will have to...
  • Tried and tested

    15 July 2017 by Adrian Pennington
    A number of low voltage direct current (LVDC) trials are preparing the ground for a wider use of the technology, both in developed and developing countries.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • When power fails

    21 April 2017 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Power failure recovery is a key task for governments, hospitals and private businesses to get to grips with if they want to reduce the disruption caused by power outages resulting from natural disasters. Smart and...
  • Brave new car world

    21 April 2017 by Catherine Bischofberger
    What is the future for cars, buses and trucks? Manufacturers are competing to stay relevant in the years ahead. The IEC is also paving the way with a number of forward-looking Standards.
  • 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...