June is quite a special time of year for the IEC: it was the month the organization was founded back in 1906 and it is also the month of William Thomson, Baron Kelvin of Largs’ birthday. For the IEC, William Thomson has always been known as “Lord Kelvin”.
In 2015, the United Nations agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to make the world a safer, more peaceful and prosperous place, for all. International Standards and conformity assessment are playing a significant role.
All eyes are on Katowice in Poland ahead of COP24, due to start on December 2. Climate change, never far away from the headlines, is expected to become one of the major focuses of the news agenda in coming days.
2017 saw the largest ever increase in renewable power capacity, falling costs, increases in investment and advances in enabling technologies, according to the Renewables 2018 Global Status Report, by REN21.
IEC and regulators must work together to meet the energy needs of future generations. That was the message of IEC President James Shannon to the Regulator Forum on renewable energy taking place in Busan, South Korea.
A question that I am frequently asked is how well turbines can withstand hurricane force winds. The short answer is that International Standards help to ensure that turbines are built to withstand external conditions that may occur over the expected life of the project.