Standards Body Appeals for World's Experts to Help Harness Renewable Energy From Waves and Tides

    GENEVA, June 26 /CNW/ - IEC, the global body for electrical energy
standards, is now recruiting experts from around the world to develop
international standards for wave and tidal energy technology. These experts
will help establish this promising source of renewable energy as a competitive
form of electrical energy production.
    With world production of electricity expected to double over the next 25
years, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable energy
production is expected to increase by 57%. Large scale use of renewable energy
is important for the future to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels and to
mitigate the effects of global warming.
    The IEC is establishing a group of experts following contact with the
International Energy Agency (whose membership of 26 countries includes Canada,
France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US, and UK), whose present programme
focuses on ocean waves and marine currents. According to the IEA: "Accelerated
deployment of renewables can significantly reduce CO(2) emissions, enhance
energy security and further reduce technology costs."
    IEC will help to ensure that, as marine energy technologies mature,
international standards will help to reduce technology costs and thus make
renewable energy increasingly competitive with existing energy alternatives.
    Experts are expected to come from private sector enterprises involved in
wave and tidal energy technologies, as well as representatives from
governments and end-user groups.

    About IEC

    IEC is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that develops
international standards for all electrical, electronic and related
technologies. The IEC brings together 143 countries and some 10 000 experts
from industry, government, academia and end-users. IEC Standards cover a vast
range of technologies including power generation, home appliances and office
equipment, solar energy and nanotechnologies. Founded in 1906 at the beginning
of electrification, the IEC is now working to ensure the efficient
standardization of technologies to mitigate the effects of global warming. IEC
publishes IT standards jointly with the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO).

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