Webinar – Quality Standards for Energy Access: How International Standards can Support Off-Grid Electrification in Developing Countries

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), is hosting a no-cost webinar on the role of international electrotechical standards to facilitate rural electrification programs in developing and newly industrialized countries.

The webinar will introduce the IEC system approach to evaluate the status of standardization in low voltage direct current (LVDC) applications as well as non-conventional distribution networks (i.e., mini-grids/micro-grids). The webinar will also discuss how such standards can be used to facilitate rural electrification programs in developing countries, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
Speakers
  • Yasemin Erboy Ruff, Officer, Energy and Climate, United Nations Foundation will provide an overview of the UN Foundation’s work on scaling energy access in developing countries through its 2,000+ member strong Energy Access Practitioner Network.
  • Vimal Mahendru, President, Legrand – India and Convener of the IEC System Evaluation Group for LVDC Applications, Distribution and Safety for use in Developed and Developing Economies (SEG 4), will present the relevance of LVDC for mini-grids/micro-grids for electricity access.
  • Pierre Sebellin, IEC Systems Technical Officer and Secretary of the System Evaluation Group (SEG 6) on non-conventional Distribution Networks and Microgrids, will show the relevance of the “Systems Approach” in the standardization work of the IEC and in particular in the field of microgrids.
  • Paul Johnson, Executive Secretary, African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission (AFSEC), will showcase AFSEC’s efforts to support and catalyze energy access across Africa.
  • Dr. Arne Jacobson, Director of the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University, technical lead for the Lighting Global Quality Assurance program, and an active member of IEC Technical Committee 82 (photovoltaics), will present about Lighting Global and IEC’s work to support the development of the off-grid solar market through the management and implementation of quality standards.