The annual meeting of the Renewable Energy Management Centers (REMC) took place November 18-22 at the Bachmann electronic headquarters in Feldkirch, AT. The overarching goal of the IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy (IECRE) is to facilitate international trade in renewable energy, whilst maintaining the highest possible safety levels. At their annual meeting, stakeholders from around the world participated in advancing standardization, certification and continuous improvement in the renewable industry.
Austria is a significant location for the wind energy sector; over 50% of all turbines globally are built using Austrian components, and Bachmann electronic provides controller systems to over 100,000 wind energy plants. This makes Bachmann headquarters an obvious choice for the renewable IEC meeting. The event is a collaboration between OEMs, test labs, component manufacturers, certification bodies, wind park owners and insurers.
Founded in 1906, the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the worlds leading organization for the preparation and publication of International Standards related to electrotechnologies. Millions of electronic devices rely on IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems to perform, fit and work safely together. The IEC provides a platform to companies, industries and governments for developing the International Standards required, and the IECRE division focuses on those related to renewable energy.
The purpose of the IECRE meeting is to provide a review of the ongoing working groups, who are currently drafting new standards in renewable energy. 14 countries were represented at the meetings, with coordination from IEC representatives in Geneva. All IEC International Standards are fully consensus-based and represent the needs of key stakeholders from every participating nation. Every member country, no matter its size, has a voice and can influence IEC International Standards.
Bernhard Zangerl, CEO of Bachmann electronic, says, "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.”
IECRE certification standards also make renewable energy production more efficient; “Certification also improves profitability by making the supply of energy from the plant to the grid much more reliable,” says Zangerl, “That in turn lowers the overall cost of energy production, further enabling the global transition to renewables."