Expanded Power Forum to Cover Advanced Components, Digital Power, Energy Harvesting, Smart Grid, and more

April 19, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

An Announcement and Call for Papers has been issued for Darnell’s Power Forum (DPF ’10). DPF ’10 is an exciting new event that builds on the success of the Digital Power Forum and the nanoPower Forum. It will be hosted at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago, Oak Brook, mid-way between O’Hare and Midway airports, September 13-15, 2010. There is tremendous synergy possible from discussions broadly focused on power management, energy efficiency, advanced components, energy storage, smart grid innovations, and more. DPF ’10 will be a solutions-oriented event, with a strong emphasis on practical advances in power electronics. In addition to a strong focus on today’s "best practices," DPF ’10 will look forward toward next-generation solutions and advances.

"Darnell Group has always been focused on the leading edge of emerging technologies and advancing power applications. Now, these areas come together in Darnell’s Power Forum - building on our previous success by Advancing Power Technologies That Matter," stated Jeff Shepard, President of Darnell Group. "We are excited about the launch of DPF and about the opportunity to bring an international group of power and energy experts to the Chicago area," Shepard concluded.

Darnell’s Power Forum will feature five primary areas of focus: Advanced Components, Digital Power, Energy Harvesting, High-Efficiency Power Conversion and Innovation for the Smart Grid. Within each of these broad areas will be multiple topics and application areas. A call for papers has been issued for:

Advanced Components: Topics may include: Latest developments in power conversion components to support advanced designs such as, semiconductor devices, advanced packaging, interconnect, thermal management, magnetic devices, capacitors, batteries, ultracapacitors, sensors, new materials, integrated passives, and so on.

Digital Power: Topics may include: Technology-focused discussions including controllers and control loops, communications, power management, stability analysis, efficiency optimization, design tools, simulation and modeling, topologies, system partitioning between analog and digital, power quality and EMC, and so on.

Energy Harvesting: Topics may include: energy harvesting technologies, thin-film batteries, long-life secondary batteries, energy storage, advanced power conversion, micro fuel cells, optimizing system energy efficiencies, mesh networks, wireless sensor and control systems, industrial/building automation, system integration issues, RF powering considerations, system architectures, and so on.

High-Efficiency Power Conversion: Topics may include: High-frequency power conversion, high-temperature operation, power system-in-chip solutions, power system-in-package solutions, high-density packaging developments, optimizing converter efficiencies, new topologies, advanced (analog or digital) control techniques, parasitics, EMI/EMC considerations, and so on.

Innovation for the Smart Grid: Topics may include: Integration of distributed generation resources, micro grids, power systems communications, power quality, instrumentation and monitoring, enabling demand side management, supporting plug-in hybrid vehicles, large-scale energy storage, and so on.

In each case, the types of papers being sought include:

– Case studies/industry examples

– Design techniques and tools

– Technology developments

The DPF ’10 web site is here .