As investment in renewables continues to grow, industry must ensure its equipment and systems are safe, reliable and durable.
IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, aims to facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in RE in the marine, solar PV and wind energy sectors, while maintaining the required level of safety. It applies to products, services and personnel and provides testing, inspection and certification.
Global harmonization through the voice of industry
I presented the IECRE System during the recent China Wind Power 2018 event. In attendance were 13 financial institutions, including banks, insurance and leasing companies, and the session enabled constructive discussions and for attendees to express their requirements for large-scale RE investments.
A unique feature of the IECRE System is that all stakeholders have a voice, thanks to the stakeholder groups. This includes test labs, certification bodies, manufacturers and end users. It’s the only conformity assessment (CA) system in which end users can define CA products.
There are many benefits of participation, here are some of them:
- The ability to give direct input into what conformity assessment products would best serve your organization
- Having access to the other stake holder groups
- The opportunity to share experiences with the largest wind energy companies
- Drive conformity assessment so it will save time and money
- Increased transparency of the equipment or work certified
Improving safety and reducing risk
The nature of RE equipment, systems and services is complex. IECRE aims to reduce the risks that come with such complex projects. To this end, discussions in progress with OEMs and certification body (CBs) stakeholders cover:
- The needs of end users for new conformity assessment/certification products
- Refining existing products by commenting on templates and documents
- Finding ways to improve the value of the type certificate by improving the detail provided by OEMs/CBs
- Development and use of the new “Project Design” certificate which is useful for project transfer or sale
- Certifying longer equipment life, as members are now seeing PPA contractual requirements for longer than 20 years
- Technical assessment and review of projects as they age or are modified
Asian financial institutions sign MoU supporting IECRE conformity assessment
Financial institutions recognize that harmonized standards and certification contribute to a more transparent and efficient certification environment for all stakeholders. Following the presentations, several Chinese financial institutions and two certification organizations (one Chinese and one American) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in support of the development of IECRE System and in recognition of IECRE certificates and reports.
The aim of the MoU is to outline areas of cooperation among the parties, such as communication and supporting development of IECRE system, in order to build collaboration among IECRE, certification bodies and financial institutions and to consider endorsing IECRE certificates and reports as a proof of qualification.
Find out more the event and what other IECRE representatives had to say.