Wind energy

IECRE Sector


Wind energy

Wind energy

In spite of their often relatively simple appearance, wind turbines are sophisticated machines.


Converting mechanical wind energy to electrical power requires a number of components.


The wind energy industry relies on component makers located throughout the world.


Terms of Reference

The WE-OMC shall involve the stakeholders, certification bodies and test laboratories operating the WE-OMC certification schemes such that it will support the future development of the wind industry. The WE-OMC shall focus on issues that provide value to stakeholders within the sector.


In reporting to the REMC, the duties of the OMC are to operate as a management committee to support the schemes within its sector to serve market needs, build trust and shall:

  • Provide a voice and mechanism for broad stakeholder input to the certification process of wind energy systems;
  • Ensure that application of international standards are uniform and relevant to certification bodies, test laboratories, manufacturers, contractors, equipment suppliers, end users and broad stakeholder community;
  • Consider the full life cycle of wind power plants, including continued operation past end of design life and modifications during service life;
  • Harmonize interpretation of existing standards and the conformity assessment process;
  • Further develop the framework for the wind energy conformity assessment process;
  • Develop and maintain the Rules of Procedure and relevant Operational Documents within the sector for REMC approval;
  • Conduct activities in close liaison with TC88 and any other appropriate TCs/SCs through an established liaison and follow the full scope of documents developed under TC88 and any other appropriate TCs/SCs and related international standards;
  • Harmonize requirements for documentation for conformity assessment in support of mutual recognition and to manage national differences;
  • Prepare a proposal for decision regarding applications and continued operation of Certification Bodies and Testing Laboratories for the consideration of REMC;
  • Publish results of interpretations and conclusions regarding conformity assessment and test procedures;
  • Drive the implementation of the transition plan for IEC 61400-22;
  • Provide understanding of which issues are critical to end users and means for reducing their risk;
  • Ensure a balanced representation of:
    • Test laboratories;
    • Wind turbine manufacturers, their consultants and major component suppliers;
    • End Users (owner/operators, customer, insurance, banking and authorities having jurisdiction);
    • Certification bodies and
    • Small wind turbines representatives;
  • Propose WE OMC subcommittees and Working Groups to the REMC;
  • Ensure a common approach to the application of IECRE Scheme Rules and Operational Documents where applicable;
  • Identify the additional technical requirements necessary to operate the IECRE Schemes and communicate these needs to the appropriate Technical Committees; and
  • Promote the IECRE Schemes in the Wind Energy Sector.


Photo: Frank Ormel

Mr. Frank Ormel

WE-OMC Chairman


Vestas Wind Systems


Photo: Akihiro Suzuki

Dr. Akihiro Suzuki

WE-OMC Vice-Chairman


Wind Energy Institute of Tokyo Inc.


 Illustration: Tools

Tools (members only)