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.
The electricity utility industry is facing disruption. The worldwide trends causing the disruption – decarbonization, decentralization, deregulation, democratization and digitalization – are expected to continue.
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.
There are two kinds of solar power plants: photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP). PV works by capturing sunlight on modules (panels) covered with one or two layers of a semi conducting material, usually silicon, and converting it into electricity.
Electricity experts have met in Côte d’Ivoire to study the use of low voltage direct current (LVDC) to increase access to electricity in rural areas. IEC ambassador Vimal Mahendru was among the IEC experts sharing their experience and technical insights.
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.