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Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean

In Latin America and the Caribbean, interest in renewable energy sources and energy efficiency (R3E) is constantly growing. The effective implementation of the national development plans and energy policies requires the institutions of a national quality infrastructure (QI) to be functioning efficiently and to offer metrology, testing, standardization, accreditation and certification capabilities. Measuring energy quantities reliably, testing and certifying power production facilities and accrediting testing laboratories for the determination of the energy consumption of electrical appliances are only a few examples of the required services. Establishing these technical requirements and harmonising criteria and their application have a positive influence on the national and regional trade with energy and with energy-efficient electrical appliances, since they contribute to increasing market transparency, the quality of the traded products and to reducing export costs.

Data

The volume of the project amounts to 2 million EUR for the first phase (2011-2015). The target group of the project are the consumers of electrical energy and the users of equipment producing electricity from renewable energy sources – especially private households and SMEs. The intermediaries are the regional and national QI institutions, as well as the regulatory authorities and the electric utilities.Modes of delivery for the support measures are the provision of short term experts for subject-related, organizational and process consultation measures, e.g., to support harmonization processes as well as training measures, seminars and exchange of experience for employees of regional and national QI institutions in the fields of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.

Background

The development of national accreditation bodies, metrology and standardization institutes in Latin America and the Caribbean is supported by pan-American umbrella organizations to which they are affiliated: the Sistema Interamericana de Metrología (SIM), the Comisión Panamericana de Normas Técnicas (COPANT) and the InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC). The regional project aims to strengthen the capabilities of these regional QI organizations and of their national members in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources and to promote mutual coordination. The focus of the first phase lies on the following topics, identified as priorities by the partners and experts during the preparation phase:

  • Quality assurance for solar thermal equipment for water heating,
  • smart and traditional metering for national electricity grids
  • Reliable determination and documentation (e.g. labeling) of the energy efficiency of household appliances.

Partners

SIM, COPANT and IAAC serve as the project partners, implementing activities in cooperation with PTB. The leading political partner is the Organization of American States (OAS). The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) are involved as strategic partners and consultants with regard to energy policy issues.


Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean

Source of finance
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Commission value
2 000 000 EUR

Implementing agency
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB),
National Metrology Institute, Germany

Duration
2011 – 2015

Contact
Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA)
Martha Beltrán-Martínez, Phone +1 202-458-6195
mbeltranmartinez(at)oas.org

Sistema Interamericano de Metrología (SIM)
Hector Laiz, Phone +54 11 4724-6200/6300/6400
laiz(at)inti.gov.ar

Comisión Panamericana de Normas Técnicas (COPANT)
Kory Eguino, Phone +591 2 2774517, keguino(at)copant.org

InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC)
Victor Gandy, Phone +52 155 3901 5749
secretariat(at)iaac.org

PTB Project Coordinators
Ulf Hillner, Phone: + 49 531 592-8236
Ulf.Hillner(at)ptb.de

Niklas Cramer, Phone: + 49 531 592-8267
Niklas.Cramer(at)ptb.de
Fax: +49 531 592-8225
www.ptb.de/q5

Activities

Title Date Place Organizers
Workshop on "Intercomparison on Harmonics" 28.11.2015 Bento Goncalvez, Brazil SIM, PTB
Workshop on "Phasor Measurements Unit (PMUs) - Metrological Requirements" 26.–27.11.2015 Bento Goncalvez, Brazil SIM, PTB
Workshop: Revising ISO/IEC 17025 – finding a voice in the standards development process 17.–18.11.2015 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic SIM, PTB
Workshop "Exchange on Support through Accreditation for the application of certification schemes” 21.–23.09.2015 San José, Costa Rica IAAC, PTB, ECA
Support program for COPANT member NSBs – complementary element: Virtual Training 15.–17.09.2015 will be announced PTB, COPANT
Workshop on Traceability Measurement Results 03.–04.09.2015 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic IAAC, PTB, ODAC
Project Steering Committee Meeting - Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean 18.–19.08.2015 Bogotá, Colombia PTB
Teleconference Project Steering Committee Meeting 17.07.2015 Virtual PTB
Quality Infrastructure in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean 14.–16.07.2015 Ottawa, Kanada IAAC, PTB
Forum on Quality Assurance for Solar Water Heaters 29.–30.06.2015 San José, Costa Rica IRENA, OLADE, ICE, PTB
Workshop on Traceability for Solar Radiation 22.–24.06.2015 Buenos Aires, Argentina SIM, PTB
Labelling Progammes in Latin America and the Carribean: Label Designs, their Technical Fundaments and Surveillance 21.–23.04.2015 Quito, Ecuador INEN, COPANT, PTB
Workshop "Assessment and Acceptance of Electrical Energy Meters type Approval Certificates" 08.–10.04.2015 Buenos Aires, Argentina SIM, INTI, PTB
Experience exchange on the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17043:2010. Challenges in the implementation of a proficiency testing and its assessment 22.–24.03.2015 Asunción, Paraguay IAAC, ONA, PTB
Experience Exchange on Standardization for Energy Efficiency of Appliances in the Caribbean (Follow-up to ECELP) 16.–17.03.2015 St. Lucia OAS-ECPA, OECS
Experience Exchange on promoting the implementation of energy management systems according to the ISO 50 000-series in the region 10.–11.03.2015 Santiago de Chile, Chile COPANT, INN, OAS-ECPA, PTB
Closing meeting of the proficiency Testing of Energy Efficiency in Refrigerators 26.–27.02.2015 México, D.F., México NYCE, IAAC, PTB
Training on "Calibration of HV and HC Transformers for Energy Meters" 06.–09.10.2014 Uruguay SIM, UTE, PTB
Teleconference Project Steering Committee Meeting 29.09.2014 Virtual PTB
Workshop on Traceability Measurement Results 30.08.2014 Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala IAAC, OGA, PTB
IAAC Harmonization Criteria Workshop for Peer Evaluators 23.08.2014 Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala IAAC, OGA, PTB
Training on Calibration of Power Quality Reference Standards 22.–24.08.2014 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil SIM, PTB
El Impacto Económico, Social y Ambiental de la Infraestructura de la Calidad en América Latina y el Caribe 17.07.2014 San José, Costa Rica LACOMET, PTB
Teleconference Project Steering Committee Meeting 17.07.2014 Virtual PTB
Measuring the Impact of Quality Infrastructure in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programs: Follow-up Workshop for Experience Exchange and Methodological Support 15.–17.07.2014 San José, Costa Rica LACOMET, PTB
Support program for COPANT member NSBs - Kick-off workshop 13.–15.05.2014 Bogotá, Colombia COPANT, PTB
Teleconference Project Steering Committee Meeting 07.05.2014 Virtual PTB
Workshop about development and implementation of accreditation pro-grammes for Certification Bodies in the field of Energy Efficiency and Renew-able Energies in the framework of the ISO/IEC 17065:2012 23.–25.04.2014 Buenos Aires, Argentina PTB, IAAC
Teleconference Project Steering Committee Meeting 03.04.2014 Virtual PTB
Teleconference Project Steering Committee Meeting 06.03.2014 Virtual PTB
Teleconference Project Steering Committee Meeting 13.12.2013 Virtual PTB
Workshop on Impact of Quality Infrastructure in the implementation of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs 03.–04.12.2013 Santiago de Chile, Chile CEPAL, PTB
SIM: Verification of Electrical Energy Meters - Orientation Seminar 27.–29.11.2013 San José, Costa Rica ICE, SIM, LMWG
Teleconference Project Steering Committee Meeting 06.11.2013 Virtual PTB
SIM: Training on Traceability for Power Quality Measurements 22.–23.09.2013 Buenos Aires, Argentina PTB, INTI
Project Steering Committee Meeting R3E LAC 24.08.2013 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago PTB, TTBS
Expert Workshop on Standardization in Domestic Systems of Solar Water Heaters for Latin America and the Caribbean 13.–15.08.2013 São Paulo, Brazil PTB, IPT
Workshop on Labelling Programs for Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean: Experiences and Best Practices 10.–12.07.2013 Petrópolis, Brazil INMETRO, PTB
Workshop on Interlaboratory Comparison in Refrigerators 09.07.2013 Petrópolis, Brazil PTB, INMETRO
Panel on Solar Water Heater Quality Assurance in Latin America and the Caribbean 09.07.2013 Petrópolis, Brazil PTB, INMETRO
IAAC Training: Workshop about development and implementation of accreditation programmes for Inspection Bodies in the field of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies in the framework of the ISO 17020:2012 19.–21.06.2013 Querétaro, México ema
IAAC Peer Evaluator Training 13.–15.05.2013 Ottawa, Canada IAAC, PTB
V SEMINARIO LATINOAMERICANO Y DEL CARIBE DE EFICIENCIA ENERGÉTICA: “Gestión de la Eficiencia Energética" 08.–09.05.2013 Quito, Ecuador OLADE
IAAC Peer Evaluator Training 27.–29.11.2012 Quito, Ecuador PTB, IAAC
III Díalogo Político sobre Eficiencia Energética en América Latina y el Caribe: Midiendo la Eficiencia Energética 15.–16.11.2012 Panama City, Panama CEPAL
Training on Electricity Meter Verification 12.–16.11.2012 Buenos Aires, Argentina INTI, SIM, EMMWG
Project Steering Committee Meeting R3E LAC 01.–02.11.2012 San José, Costa Rica PTB, LACOMET
Seventh Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Science and Technology 18.–19.10.2012 Washington D.C., USA OAS COMCYT
Quality assurance for Solar Water Heaters: Tasks for the Quality Infrastructure 25.–28.09.2012 Querétaro, México PTB, ema
Teleconference Project Steering Committee Meeting 05.07.2012 Virtual PTB
Energy Efficiency in Household Appliances. Challenges for Upgrading the Quality Infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean 10.–11.05.2012 Fortaleza, Brazil PTB
Teleconference Project Steering Committee Meeting 26.01.2012 Virtual PTB
Project Steering Committee Meeting Nov 2011 28.–30.11.2011 Buenos Aires, Argentina PTB, INTI
Planning Workshop - Quality Infrastructure in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean 28.–30.11.2011 Buenos Aires, Argentina PTB, INTI
Quality Infrastructure in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies in Latin America and the Caribbean, Day 1 - Introduction to QI in the frame of 3RE 03.–05.05.2011 Petrópolis, Brazil PTB, INMETRO
Preparatory Workshop Energy & QI 03.–05.05.2011 São Paulo, Brazil PTB

Reports and Documents

Planning Workshop Buenos Aires 2011

General Documents

Event Documentation and documents by other projects/ authors

Activities

Title Date Place Organizers
Workshop: Revising ISO/IEC 17025 – finding a voice in the standards development process 17.–18.11.2015 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic SIM, PTB
Workshop "Exchange on Support through Accreditation for the application of certification schemes” 21.–23.09.2015 San José, Costa Rica IAAC, PTB, ECA
Support program for COPANT member NSBs – complementary element: Virtual Training 15.–17.09.2015 will be announced PTB, COPANT
Workshop on Traceability Measurement Results 03.–04.09.2015 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic IAAC, PTB, ODAC
Quality Infrastructure in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean 14.–16.07.2015 Ottawa, Kanada IAAC, PTB
Experience exchange on the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17043:2010. Challenges in the implementation of a proficiency testing and its assessment 22.–24.03.2015 Asunción, Paraguay IAAC, ONA, PTB
Experience Exchange on promoting the implementation of energy management systems according to the ISO 50 000-series in the region 10.–11.03.2015 Santiago de Chile, Chile COPANT, INN, OAS-ECPA, PTB
Workshop on Traceability Measurement Results 30.08.2014 Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala IAAC, OGA, PTB
IAAC Harmonization Criteria Workshop for Peer Evaluators 23.08.2014 Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala IAAC, OGA, PTB
El Impacto Económico, Social y Ambiental de la Infraestructura de la Calidad en América Latina y el Caribe 17.07.2014 San José, Costa Rica LACOMET, PTB
Measuring the Impact of Quality Infrastructure in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programs: Follow-up Workshop for Experience Exchange and Methodological Support 15.–17.07.2014 San José, Costa Rica LACOMET, PTB
Support program for COPANT member NSBs - Kick-off workshop 13.–15.05.2014 Bogotá, Colombia COPANT, PTB
Workshop about development and implementation of accreditation pro-grammes for Certification Bodies in the field of Energy Efficiency and Renew-able Energies in the framework of the ISO/IEC 17065:2012 23.–25.04.2014 Buenos Aires, Argentina PTB, IAAC
Workshop on Impact of Quality Infrastructure in the implementation of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs 03.–04.12.2013 Santiago de Chile, Chile CEPAL, PTB
IAAC Training: Workshop about development and implementation of accreditation programmes for Inspection Bodies in the field of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies in the framework of the ISO 17020:2012 19.–21.06.2013 Querétaro, México ema
IAAC Peer Evaluator Training 13.–15.05.2013 Ottawa, Canada IAAC, PTB
V SEMINARIO LATINOAMERICANO Y DEL CARIBE DE EFICIENCIA ENERGÉTICA: “Gestión de la Eficiencia Energética" 08.–09.05.2013 Quito, Ecuador OLADE
IAAC Peer Evaluator Training 27.–29.11.2012 Quito, Ecuador PTB, IAAC
III Díalogo Político sobre Eficiencia Energética en América Latina y el Caribe: Midiendo la Eficiencia Energética 15.–16.11.2012 Panama City, Panama CEPAL
Seventh Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Science and Technology 18.–19.10.2012 Washington D.C., USA OAS COMCYT