Standards and specifications for the turnaround in energy policy
The national discussion about the turnaround in energy policy goes beyond the usual economic, environmental and political challenges: the feasibility of the project in terms of its implications for Germany’s standing as a location for business and industry should be the focus of special attention. Standards help establish technologies and document the state of the art while also enabling the export of these new innovative technologies. Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. (German Institute for Standardization, or DIN) supports the industries involved in this process.
Wind turbines are an essential part of the energy turnaround. Standards and specifications are still being developed in many areas, while in others, there are plenty that already exist. Even if they are not explicitly developed for the purpose of wind energy, they do get applied in this sector; examples include the structural Eurocodes, or material standards. The DIN online portal http://www.energiewende180.de/en/positions/din/ provides the transparency that is needed to keep track of the standards and regulatory approvals that are evolving simultaneously.
Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the InnoGeSi.net project develops innovative business models in the field of network security. This involves creating and examining the economic, organisational and institutional conditions necessary in order to develop more secure energy networks at regional, national and international level. DIN contributes by collating standards and specifications on the operation of critical infrastructures. In addition, it provides an overview of regional network security, national energy policy and international finance. Based on this, standardisation concepts are devised and DIN specifications (DIN SPEC) drafted parallel to the corresponding projects. www.ebn.din.de/sr/innogesi
Electromobility promises to make a significant contribution to ensuring future mobility needs and the ability to use resources efficiently. An essential aspect of standardisation work involves bundling cross-sectoral interests (concerning topics such as charger and communication interfaces, the safety of individuals or the requirements of the battery system, for instance) and representing these at international level. The associated activities – coordination, information, setting up a national and international network, initiation of standardisation projects, diffusion – are managed by DIN’sElectromobility Office. www.elektromobilitaet.din.de
In addition to familiar product standards for thermal insulating materials (mineral wool, foam glass, wood fibres), product standards for items such as vacuum insulation panels and reflective insulation are being developed.
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