IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy, held its annual meeting and important working group (WG) meetings in Feldkirch, Austria from 18-22 November.
Hosted by Bachmann electronic, over 40 expert stakeholders from 15 countries, including OEMs, test laboratories, RE equipment manufacturers, certification bodies and inspection bodies, attended the meeting, to discuss and review conformity assessment activities related to renewable energy.
“One of the key differentiators of IECRE and other IEC Conformity Assessment Systems is involvement of the key stakeholder, to ensure a conformity assessment system which fits the needs of the major marked driver of a high quality and safety level. During this year’s annual meeting, we were able to rejuvenate our structure to ensure faster decisions processes in the future while maintaining the consensus-based involvement of our stakeholders”, said Wolfram Zeitz, Deputy Secretary of IECRE.
Instilling confidence in renewables through certification
Third party certification of wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and marine energy equipment and services, to consensus-based international standards, supports manufacturers in the RE industry, by reducing risks, streamlining costs, as well as enhancing market access.
IECRE covers three sectors: marine, solar PV, and wind. The system was established in 2014 to address these issues, in a world with growing electricity demands, which at the same time, needs to reduce power generated by fossil fuels.
During the event, Bernhard Zangerl, CEO of Bachmann electronic commented on the different benefits of IECRE certification to international standards:
“Industrial companies benefit tremendously from globally certified standards. Not only do they raise industry standards, they also facilitate international trade. We only have to certify our products once, eliminating the need for duplicate evaluations and certifications, thus reducing costs for both consumers and manufacturers.”
With regard to making renewable energy production more efficient, he noted: “Certification also improves profitability by making the supply of energy from the plant to the grid much more reliable, which in turn lowers the overall cost of energy production, further enabling the global transition to renewables.”