solar PV energy

  • Safety and performance assurances are key to solar PV investments

    15 February 2019 by Thomas Sauer, Convenor WG 004 and WG 404, IECRE
    A significant number of solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants underperform for various reasons, including deterioration, or to the point that the financial viability of the PV power plant is at stake.
  • Protecting renewable energy equipment from extreme weather

    15 January 2019 by Antoinette Price
    2018 was a year of extreme weather. Some of the lowest and highest temperatures were recorded in both hemispheres, while gale-force winds fuelled wildfires in a number of regions and hurricane-strength typhoons caused...
  • Recognizing exceptional achievements

    15 June 2018 by Claire Marchand
    Every year, the IEC pays tribute to people from its organization, for their distinguished work and commitment to improving the safety, compatibility and energy efficiency of electrical products and systems, with its...
  • 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...
  • More power to you!

    15 April 2018 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Technology breakthroughs are lowering the cost of renewable energies while low-voltage direct current systems (LVDC) are being tested by experts both in the developed and developing world.
  • Women in a man's world

    15 March 2018 by Claire Marchand
    Women’s contributions to science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) have often been overlooked and left out of history books. When asked to name inventors, people tend to cite Thomas Edison, Graham Bell...
  • A new era for solar PV

    15 February 2018 by Antoinette Price
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) Renewables 2017 Report highlights that new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity grew globally by 50% in 2016, reaching over 74 GW. It also notes the significant point that for the first...
  • UNECE holds 4th Session Group of Experts on Renewable Energy

    15 January 2018 by Antoinette Price
    According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Renewables Market Report series for 2017, renewables accounted for almost two-thirds of net new power capacity around the world in 2016, thanks to a strong solar PV...
  • Quality assurance is vital for global PV market growth

    21 August 2017 by Antoinette Price
    By 2030, total installed PV capacity could range between 1 760 gigawatts (GW) and 2 500 GW. However, if market growth is to remain sustainable, the technology must be enhanced, and the risk for investors, policy makers...
  • A place in the sun

    15 July 2017 by Catherine Bischofberger
    As the price of photovoltaic (PV) systems continues to tumble and the requirement for cleaner renewable forms of energy grows, more and more of our energy needs will be met by PV-generated power. The IEC is a leader in...
  • Here comes the sun

    15 July 2017 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity is rapidly increasing its share of global power generation. Technology and production breakthroughs are making it cheaper to manufacture. The IEC is leading the way with the...
  • Instilling confidence in a whole industry

    21 June 2017 by Antoinette Price
    Established in 2014, IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, is the newest of the IEC Conformity Assessment (CA) Systems.
  • 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...
  • Upcoming global events (April-June 2017)

    21 April 2017 by Claire Marchand
    The IEC regularly supports key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

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