DC Building Power Asia 2010 Call for Papers Issued

September 28, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

An Announcement and Call for Papers has been issued for the Second-Annual DC Building Power Asia conference (DCBPA ’10) to be held December 13 & 14 in Tokyo, Japan. Building on the success of last year’s event, this focused two-day international conference will attract an international audience to discuss high-voltage and low-voltage dc distribution in facilities such as data centers, commercial and industrial buildings and residences. A convergence of technologies is occurring that will change how buildings are powered. These technologies include the continued rapid growth of distributed generation resources (photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, fuel cells, micro turbines, etc.); the emergence of high-efficiency lighting technologies (especially solid-state LED lighting); wireless building automation systems; demand-side management of building energy use by electric utilities; and more. According to recent studies, the use of dc power can be ten-times more reliable and significantly more efficient compared with today’s ac-power designs.

"We are excited about the expanded scope of this year’s event," stated Jeff Shepard, President of Darnell Group. "We have a significantly expanded Advisory Committee with 16 members, being chaired by Keiichi Hirose, Senior Research Engineer at NTT facilities and internationally-recognized expert in dc power technologies. This will be a unique international meeting in Tokyo with English as the official conference language and simultaneous translation services," Shepard concluded.

The use of dc distribution can complement other trends in building power including the growth of ’green’ energy sources, use of wireless building automation systems, demand side management, the implementation of high-efficiency lighting, and more. And it can reduce construction and operating costs, improve flexibility and enhance sustainability. DCBPA ’10 will consider all aspects of building power including high-voltage and low-voltage dc distribution, hybrid ac and dc distribution architectures, and dc microgrids. Examples of the topics to be addressed at DCBPA ’10 include: Selection of the optimal dc distribution voltage; Integration of distributed generation resources; DC lighting systems; DC HVAC and other building systems; DC appliances; Building automation and controls; DC microgrids; Combined heat and power; Advanced components and hardware; Safety considerations; Standardization issues; Hybrid ac and dc power distribution architectures; Implementation of demand-side management; Implications for power quality; and more.

Submissions are being sought in three areas: 1) Case Studies/Industry Examples: outstanding examples of recent applications of dc power distribution or hybrid ac and dc power distribution in commercial, industrial, government, and residential buildings, or in critical facilities such as data centers, including field tests as well as full production systems. 2) Implementation and Operational Process: return on investment scenarios and analysis of benefits for implementation of new and improved dc power distribution technologies, with special focus on the role of power electronics and applications systems; directions and developments in utility interface and integration; needed and/or anticipated changes in regulatory environments. 3) Technology Developments: projections and forecasts for changes in core power electronic, distributed generation, and building automation technologies, including new designs/implementations, new applications and new methods for implementing solutions.

DC Building Power Asia is a sister-event with Darnell’s Green Building Power Forum (GBPF). The Third-Annual GBPF will be hosted January 24-26, 2011, in San Jose, California, USA.

The DCBPA ’10 web site is at.