Electrical energy standards body seeks experts to address wave, tidal power technology
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND-IEC, the global body for electrical energy standards, is recruiting experts from around the world to develop international standards for wave and tidal energy technology. The goal of this initiative is to help to ensure that, as marine energy technologies mature, international standards will help reduce technology costs and make these renewable energy sources increasingly competitive with existing energy alternatives. IEC expects to draw its group of experts from private-sector enterprises involved in wave and tidal energy technologies, as well as representatives from governments and end-user groups. The IEC is establishing this expert group following contact with the International Energy Agency (IEA), whose current renewable energy program focuses on ocean waves and marine currents. In its view, "Accelerated deployment of renewables can significantly reduce CO2 emissions, enhance energy security and further reduce technology costs." IEC is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that brings together 143 countries and some 10,000 experts from industry, government, academia and end-users to develop international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. IEC standards cover a vast range of technologies including power generation, home appliances and office equipment, solar energy and nanotechnologies. The organization is focusing its efforts on ensuring the efficient standardization of technologies to mitigate the effects of global warming. More information is available on the IEC Web site, www.iec.ch/zone/renergy.