wind 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The resurgence of renewables

    15 March 2018 by Antoinette Price
    The global transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is well under way, with record new additions of installed renewable energy capacity, thanks in part to rapidly falling costs, particularly for solar PV and wind...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...