CEI: new Technical Table on Energy
CEI – Comitato Elettrotecnico Italiano has recently set up a new Comparison Table dedicated to the issue of energy transition, which is now more topical and crucial than ever.
The Comparison Tables are a new way for experts to work together, alongside Technical Committees and Sub-Committees. In a systemic perspective, they aim to facilitate the exchange of information between different actors in order to identify the standardisation needs of a specific sector or cross-sector. The TdC has a direct link with the Technical Committees in charge of the development of standards, the international standardisation bodies (IEC, CENELEC and ETSI), the Institutions (Ministries, European Commission – DG Grow) and the main Associations in the sector.
TdC 3 “Energy Transition” follows on from the first two round tables set up at the beginning of the year, dedicated to e-mobility (TdC 1 “E-Mobility”) and cybersecurity (TdC 2 “Cybersecurity”).
The Energy Transition is a fundamental aspect of the more general “Ecological Transition” and refers, in particular, to the drastic reduction in the use of fossil fuels (from coal to natural gas), which until now have mainly been used to produce electricity, heat buildings, power transport systems or industrial processes. Their CO2 emissions are in fact responsible for climate change and therefore targets are being set for their gradual reduction to zero (EU 2050 plan, COP26, etc.).
The Energy Transition theme is in turn a general theme that can be declined into more specific objectives of “decarbonisation” through the electrification of uses (electric vehicles, heat pumps, induction cooking, etc.) and improvement of energy efficiency, in conjunction with the fundamental development of renewable energy production systems (RES), smart grids, storage systems, energy service markets (demand flexibility, ancillary services, etc.). This is in turn a general theme that can be declined into more specific “decarbonisation” objectives through the electrification of uses (electric vehicles, heat pumps, induction cooking, etc.) and the improvement of energy efficiency, in conjunction with the fundamental development of renewable energy production systems (RES), smart grids, storage systems, energy service markets (demand flexibilisation, ancillary services, energy communities, etc.), the hydrogen supply chain, and the safe integration of RES into the electricity system, which will also be more integrated with other energy systems/carriers.
In this context, in which the demand for electricity will continue to grow, the IEC standards will enable the safe, efficient, resilient and environmentally and economically sustainable production, transmission, distribution and use of electricity (in more and more applications).
The new Comparison Table will analyse the latest trends affecting the sector and can make an important contribution to identifying needs and proposing the development of normative documents, also of a transversal nature, to support the achievement of specific objectives. The Comparison Table is mainly linked to the following CEI Technical Committees: TC 4/5 “Hydraulic prime movers and steam turbines”; TC 8/123 “System aspects for electricity supply and infrastructure management”; TC 13 “Measurement and control of electrical energy”; TC 57 “Information exchange associated with the management of electrical power systems”; TC 82 “Photovoltaic solar energy conversion systems”; TC 88 “Generation systems from wind power”; TC 105 ‘Fuel cells’; TC 114 ‘Marine energy – Energy converters from waves, tides and other water currents’; TC 117/126 ‘Thermodynamic solar power plants and binary generation systems’; TC 120 ‘Energy storage systems’; TC 313 ‘Smart energy’; TC 315 ‘Energy efficiency’; TC 316 ‘Connections to high, medium and low voltage electricity grids’; TC 317 ‘Smart cities’.