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.
Over 170 participants from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin and North America attended the event.
Bringing light to every home
Conference discussions focused on 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:
- Defining electricity access with a view to developing LVDC International Standards
- Funding electricity access programmes
- How to implement projects, including the gap between assumptions and reality
- Technological solutions to realize such projects
“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.
Global development is a must
Many countries in the developing world still 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 would be considered done, only when there was 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.
Read more about the Conference outcomes in e-tech Issue 4.
The Conference was sponsored by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited, Institute of Electrical Installation Engineers, Japan, Eaton, Legrand, Schneider and Siemens.