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Next Generation Power System


1. IEC White Paper: Smart Sensing for future power grids 

   Convenor: Dr Jianbin Fan


IEC MSB set up SWG 15 Smart Sensing for future power grids to study market and societal trends related to the increase grid integration of intermittent renewable energy sources and threats from extreme weather conditions and cyber-attacks. To cope with these challenges, the SWG will look at future power grids having more flexibility and automation by monitoring of grid variables and equipment at all levels and making decisions in real time.

The tasks of this work include:

             •     Sensor interoperability

    •     Active/passive sensor

    •     Sensor placement optimization

    •     Sensor validation

    •     Edge computing

    •     Communication and data analysis

Link: https://www.iec.ch/dyn/www/f?p=103:85:535975591973::::FSP_ORG_ID,FSP_LANG_ID:28914,25

2. IEC Technology and Market Outlook: Municipal solid waste to energy: Coupled power generation with MSW


The municipal solid waste to energy (MSWtE) refers to the technique of energy recovery from municipal solid waste, especially organic solid waste. The residual energy is recovered as various energy products through various technical means, such as thermal treatment, thermo- chemical treatment and bio-chemical treatment. In addition, the technology of MSWtE is one of the mature sources of energy supply at present. Followed by the continuous development of science and technology, the integration of advanced power generation and the technology of MSWtE, also called as couple power generation with MSW, will play a more significant role in solving problem of growing municipal solid waste. Besides that, this integration will ameliorate the power generation system and be conducive to zero-carbon roadmap. In summary, it is a potential technology to achieve sustainable development goal for the future.

This report summarizes the existing technologies and applications of MSWtE, with highlighting the current status, challenges, and standardization of MSWtE technologies. This report is dedicated to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, clarifying the role and value of IEC standards and conformity assessment systems.

3.  IEC Technology and Market Outlook: Multi-energy coupling system


With the development of renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic and wind power which are naturally intermittent and stochastic, large-scale adoption of renewable energy sources can pose technical challenges for securing energy supply, which can be potentially mitigated by the multi-energy coupling system. The multi-energy coupling system can increase the flexibility of the overall energy system and balance the fluctuations of renewable energy sources. In addition, the multi-energy coupling system can also improve energy utilization efficiency.

4. IEC SMB SEG 13:  Electrical equipment under extreme climate, environmental and disaster conditions

   Convenor:Dr Hao HU 


The tasks of the SEG 13 Electrical equipment under extreme climate, environmental and disaster conditions includes the following:

     Investigate needs for standardization based on research progress and technical needs throughout the globe.

     Evaluate technical capabilities and applications in this field.   

     Use the systems approach for combining resilience of infrastructure and equipment.

     Engage with TC/SC/SyCs as well as with other organizations, including ISO, to review relevant existing standards inside and outside IEC. 

     Analyse any standardization gaps within IEC.

     Make recommendations to SMB as appropriate.