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ISS Captivates Audience at the 66th International Technical Fair

The presentation by the Serbian Institute for Standardization attracted significant attention from visitors to the Technical Fair. Five lecturers addressed a broad range of topics, including: the wider significance of VDE standards (standards developed by the Association of German Electrical Engineers), positive experiences of small and medium-sized enterprises in implementing these standards, adopted European standards related to technical regulations for connecting user facilities to low-voltage and medium-voltage networks, important issues not covered by these European standards, the initiative to adopt relevant VDE standards, along with user experiences and terminology used in the translated VDE standards.

The 66th International Technical Fair brought together a vast number of exhibitors from across the globe, showcasing their products and services to a large audience. Among them, in Hall 1, was the ISS, participating in its fourth trade fair event this year.

Similar to the previous three events, the Institute held a presentation on standardization during the Technical Fair. This time, the chosen theme was: “Adoption of VDE Standards Related to Technical Regulations for Connecting User Facilities to Low-Voltage and Medium-Voltage Networks.”

Goran Bajić, Head of the Electrotechnical Standardization Department at the Institute, spoke about the positive experiences of small and medium-sized enterprises from various sectors using VDE standards.

Dunja Grujić, Director of the Market Support Department at Elektrodistribucija Srbija, co-presented a section with Dr. Dragoslav Perić, Chairperson of the ISS NTC N013 (General Aspects of Electricity Supply, Electricity Metering, and Load Management). She outlined the adopted European standards related to technical regulations for connecting user facilities to low-voltage and medium-voltage networks, analyzing the scope and application areas of these standards and highlighting issues not covered by them.

Mr. Dušan Vukotić, , Chairperson of the ISS NTC N057 (Management and Communication in the Power System) and member of the Expert Council for Electrotechnical Standardization, mentioned that the crucial issues raised by his colleague Dunja Grujić were a key motivation for initiating the adoption of relevant VDE standards. 

Maša Šašić, Advisor from GIZ, emphasized that the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (VMZ) has been supporting Serbia through numerous bilateral and regional projects. For over 20 years, GIZ has provided assistance to the public, private, and civil sectors in the Republic of Serbia. Economic cooperation between Germany and Serbia focuses on three key areas mutually agreed upon by the governments of both countries: climate and energy (environment), sustainable economic development and employment, and good governance. GIZ's support continued on this occasion, sponsoring the translation of the technical standards in question, facilitating the attendance and presentation of “Evolving the System Towards Renewables” by VDE FNN Director Heike Kerber to CIRED members, and covering Elektrodistribucija Srbija's two-year membership in VDE FNN.

The second part of the presentation addressed terminology in the translated VDE standards. Professor Dr. Jovan Elazar, among other topics, discussed the challenges faced by ISS NTCs in this area. He presented the content and key terms that were particularly difficult to translate for the newly translated standards: VDE-AR-N 4100:2019-04, VDE-AR-N 4105:2018-11, and VDE-AR-N 4110:2018-11. He engaged the attending presidents and members of numerous electrotechnical standardization commissions with an illustrative example of translating a single word: “Blindleistungsrichtungsunterspannungsschutz” (reactive power direction undervoltage protection).

The presentation concluded with a designated segment for attendee questions and impressions, finalizing a one-hour session held in the Grand Hall of the Fair's administrative building.

Throughout the presentation and until the end of the fair day, Institute staff welcomed interested visitors at their booth in Hall 1. They will continue to engage with visitors today until 6 PM, marking the closing of this trade fair event.

The national standardization body's participation in the Technical Fair represents another successful presentation of its operations within its anniversary year, which will be followed by numerous activities in the coming months.