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Power Electronics Europe Events
APEC 2022 As In-Person Event Again?!
February 9, 2022 - March 25, 2022

APEC 2019 in Anaheim/California was setting a land mark for the power electronics community in early 2019. The event attracted more than 6,600 delegates compared to the 5,500 in 2018. This year APEC will be held from March 20 – 24 in the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas. After two years of a virtual event APEC 2022 intends to return to a fully in-person format in 2022, with no virtual attendance options at this time (February 10), perhaps an ambitious decision due to the high number of Omikron infections in the US and elsewhere.

Healthcare at APEC

APEC will incorporate current best practices to provide delegates with the best level of protection. Specific COVID-19 measures should ensure a safe environment that focuses on health and wellness. APEC will require all attendees to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination or for those who are not vaccinated, proof of a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 72 hours of attendance. To monitor the status of attendees’ health, CLEAR Health Pass should ensure the safety of all. Health Pass by CLEAR provides secure, digital proof of COVID-related health insights via the free CLEAR mobile app. There is no fee associated with the use of CLEAR for our meeting attendees. No one at APEC will have access to any of other personal health information. All data is held by CLEAR. APEC staff will only be able to see if you have or have not completed and passed the Health Pass. To ensure expedited check-in and conference entry it is recommended to download the CLEAR app and complete the Health Pass PRIOR to coming to Houston. All attendees have to complete this process at least 24 hours prior to arrival at the conference. CLEAR is not able to read vaccination cards from places outside of the US. EU attendees are asked that they present their digital vaccine passport to the registration personnel upon arrival. All other international travelers will need to present a photo ID and vaccination card upon arrival. And the Houston Health Department recommends wearing a mask while indoors in public to maximize protection.

Extensive program

Professional Education Seminars are scheduled in advance of the official opening on Monday, March 21. Delivered by electronics professionals and academics and covering a range of topics, the seminars are designed to provide practicing power electronics engineers a deep dive into subjects critical to their design activities. Professional Education Seminars are divided into five tracks, each comprising three sessions. Session One and Session Two are scheduled for Sunday, March 20, and Session Three for Monday morning, March 21, prior to the opening of the APEC 2022 conference and exhibition in Houston. Detailed speaker, time and location information about each session can be found on the APEC 2022 website. Tracks inlude Control and Design, Design and EMI, Topologies, Wide Bandgap, and Modeling and Wireless Power Transfer.

The Plenary Session continues the tradition of addressing issues of immediate and long-term interest to the practicing power electronic engineer. The technical program includes papers of broad appeal scheduled for oral presentation. The various technical venues cover all areas of technical interest for the practicing power electronics professional. Industry Sessions presents information on current topics in power electronics from sources that would not otherwise present at APEC. The target audience for these sessions is also extended to include system engineers/architects and business-oriented people such as purchasing agents, regulatory agencies, along with other people who support the power electronics industry. RAP Sessions allow for dialogue among attendees and presenters.

Plenary session

The conference starts on the Monday, March 21, 1:15 – 5:00 pm, with the Plenary featuring six invited presentations from distinguished speakers coming from industry and research.

Alexander Gerfer, Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer of Würth Elektronik eiSos Group, Waldenburg/Germany, is the first speaken on “Space M: The Magnetics Universe and Challenges”. John H. Scott, Principal Technologist – Power and Energy Storage NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate, will talk about “On the Moon to Stay: Challenges Presented to Power Electronics Technology by Sustained Operations on the Lunar Surface”. Energy Access: Challenges, Opportunities, and our Contributions”, that is the subject of the third keynote to be given by Jelena Popovic, IEEE Empower a Billion Lives (EBL) II Vice-Chair and Associate Professor University of Twente/Netherlands and Liuchen Chang, IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) President and Professor Emeritus, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton/Canada. Gideon van Zyl, Technical Fellow Advanced Energy, Fort Collins/USA, will talk about “Driving Plasma: Advancing Power Conversion in Critical Semi and Medical Applications”. The “History of PSMA Power Technology Roadmap: from AAA TripTik to Google Maps”, will be revealed by Ritu Sodhi, PSMA Roadmap Committee, and Consultant Power Transistor R&D at ROHM. The last keynote covers “Inverters for the Future Grid – Challenges and Opportunities”, to be presented by Professor Deepakraj Divan, GRA Eminent Scholar, and Director, GT Center for Distributed Energy, ECE Georgia Institute of Technology.

After the keynotes the exhibition covering all major names will be opened.

Example session

Most of the sessions checked in the extensive program reveal that the majority come from academics with a high portion of Chinese authors, illustrating that the US universities have many researchers with respective roots and the region far east have already catched up in power electronics technology.

As an example I have selected the session “T04 GaN/Silicon/Passive Devices” on the Tuesday morning with its abstracts.

The first paper “Overvoltage Ruggedness and Dynamic Breakdown Voltage of P-Gate GaN HEMTs in High-Frequency Switching Up to Megahertz” will be presented by Ruizhe Zhang from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg/USA. “Short-Circuit Protection for GaN Power Devices with Integrated Current Limiter and Commercial Gate Driver” is the subject of Davide Bisi, Member of Technical Staff at Transphorm Inc., Goleta, California/USA. “Thermal Design Considerations for GaN-Based Power Adapters with Multi-Heat Sources” are analyzed by Rahil Samani, University of Calgary/Canada. A “Characterization of GaN HEMT Under short-Circuit Events” will be performed by Javier Galindos from CEI UPM in Spain. “Short Circuit Capability Design and Thermal Management for High Efficiency Solid-State Contactor” will be introduced by Yuzhi Zhang, ABB APEX/USA. “Operation and Characterization of Low-Loss Bidirectional Bipolar Junction Transistor” is the subject of Alireza Mojab, Director of Device Engineering at Ideal Power Inc./USA. “K-TEM: KEMET Thermal Expectancy Model” will be explained byDario Zuffi, R&D Product Engineer at KEMET Bologna/Italy. Finally, a “Paralleled SiC MOSFETs DC Circuit Breaker with SiC MPS Diode As Avalanche Voltage Clamping” is proposed by Taro Takamori, Tokyo Metropolitan University/Japan.

RAP sessions

On the Tuesday, March 22, the so-called interactive RAP-sessions will take place in the afternoon from 5:00 - 6:30 pm.

Session 1 “Switch Capacitor vs. Inductor Based Topologies” feature the panelists Robert Pillawa – University of California Berkley, Loai Salem – University of California Santa Barbara, Jose Cobos – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Roger Chen – Texas Instruments, Nicola Femia – University of Cassino, and FC Lee – Virginia Tech. In the search for higher power density, higher efficiency, and lower cost, power supply designers have pursued a wide range of alternative topologies. The panelists for this session have explored different topologies that are centered on either switched capacitor structures or inductors. Come explore the benefits of each approach and the applications where they can provide distinct benefits, and learn from experts about their vision for the future of high-density power conversion.

Session 2 “Challenges and potential of AI based design vs. conventional design” feature Alfonso Martínez – Frenetic, Minjie Chen – Princeton University, Joao Pinto – Oakridge National Labs,
Alex Huang –
University of Texas at Austin, Dushan Broyevich – Virginia Tech, and Dragan Maksimovic – University of Colorado Boulder. The past few years have seen a remarkable growth in artificial intelligence in many applications. Power electronics is no exception in that researchers are investigating new ways to model and design power electronics using some form of artificial intelligence. This panel is comprised of several thought leaders in the area of power electronics design – both utilizing AI techniques and without. They will discuss aspects of power electronics design that AI can improve or at least provide keener insight, and where traditional design methods remain superior or necessary.

Session 3 “Magnetics in IC vs. Magnetics in PCB” feature Matt Wilkowski – Enachip, Francesco Carobolante – IoTissimo, Alex Hanson – University of Texas at Austin, P. Markondeya Raj - Florida International University, Doug Hopkins – North Carolina State University, and Khurram Afridi – Cornell University. As the journey to miniaturize the power supply and quest for higher efficiency continues, integration of magnetics creates new challenges and opportunities. To this effect a considerable amount of innovation has been done to integrate magnetics in ICs and PCBs. This includes Magnetics implemented on chip, in package, embedded in PCB, on PCB and new magnetics technologies. Each approach has its own tradeoffs in terms of efficiency, size, power delivery, reliability, cost and EMI. What would be the right approach for your application?

Thus APEC will provide an overview on current and future trends in power electronics. Hopefully this event can be held as intended. AS



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