The electrotechnology and energy sector comprises of the physical generation and energy transmission infrastructure, the components and devices, and the installations and appliances on the electricity network. Also included in the sector is gas transportation, gas distribution, gas appliances and alternative energy sources.
Safety is the main driver of standards development for the sector, however, other standards activities focus on clean energy, reliability of supply, and performance. Standards play a vital role in streamlining processes and improving efficiency, assisting with the overall profitability and export competitiveness for Australian companies.
Standards Australia is actively engaged with the sector and is committed to developing contemporary Australian and International standards that deliver a high level of safety, performance and environmental protection to the sector.
Across the energy supply chain, there is a shift toward smarter and interconnected products and services. As infrastructure becomes increasingly reliant on technology, there is a greater need to heighten security measures and standards, in order to protect critical energy infrastructure.
Current key projects include:
- Revision of AS/NZS 3000:2007, Electrical installations (the Wiring Rules)
- Development of AS/NZS 5139, Electrical installations—Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment
- Participation on ISO TC 67 - Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries