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Power Electronics Europe Events
EPE’19 ECCE Europe
July 30, 2019 - September 5, 2019

On Monday September 2, a series of tutorials will be hosted by University of Genova. On the following days a comprehensive programme covering Wide Bandgap technologies, drives, EVs and more has been prepared.

According to Mario Marchesoni, EPE 2019 Conference General Chairman, Power Electronics is a key technology, synonymous with sustainable development and it is only thanks to its use that the ever-increasing global need for energy can be fully satisfied. Just as an example, among the many possible, this technology allows the capture of renewable energy such as wind and solar energy, it will be one of the keys to obtaining clean energy from nuclear fusion and will allow the development of the electric mobility of the future. These are simple words for those who are of this field, but they are not for this reason less true: this is one of the rare cases where development and growth are completely compatible with protecting the environment. Power electronics, electrical drives and machines, electrical power systems in general are key technologies that will enable the transformation of the world in an environmentally friendly way, and I invite you to attend to present and discuss the latest achievements in these fields. A wide spectrum of topics will be addressed during EPE’19 ECCE Europe. The conference is organized in collaboration with the University of Genova. The hosting conference centre is located in the “Porto Antico”, the ancient port.

After conference opening by Prof. Dr. Mario Marchesoni, Conference Chairman; and Prof. Dr. Leo Lorenz, President of EPE Association, on Tuesday, September 3, the first keynote out of four will be given.

New trends in electric mobility – and a better use of renewables, Marco Venturini, CEO of Phase Motion Control S.p.A.

The coming of age of high performance batteries is revolutionising electric mobility at an accelerating pace. The current and coming generation of batteries offers both high energy density and the option of ultra fast charging, thus removing the two main obstacles to a generalized replacement of IC engines in private transportation. Increasing investment across the industry is rapidly clearing away other minor, but multiple, problems, such as efficient and reliable cabling, protection, component packaging and so on. A revolution is on the way. On the supply side, the availability of a growing “battery on wheels” connected to the network, at least most of the time, can and will serendipitously solve the issue of network instability triggered by the increasing percentage of renewables generation in the grid. This means that a growing fraction of the EVs will run on zero energy or negawatt, i.e. renewable energy that would not have been otherwise harvested. A high challenge, but a very worthwhile work for the future of the world.

The second keynote on the Wednesday morning deals with:
VSC Conversion Technology for HVDC & FACTS, State of the Art and Future TrendsPaolo Bordignon, Executive Vice President, R&D Coordination and Technology, Rongxin HUIKO Electric Technology Co., Ltd

The applications, where VSC-HVDC technology has been applied with major success, until now are : Interconnectors between countries and transmission by submarine cables from Off Shore Wind Farms to On Shore Grid (main locations in North Europe) , Multi-terminals (MTDC) and Back to Back (B2B) Ties (mainly in China). In near future we foresee important application of VSC technology also in Long Distance Transmission (LDT) (China, India and Brazil or between continentals). Some comparisons in terms of power rating, performances, space and losses has been evaluated between VSC-HVDC technology and the traditional one based on Current Source Thyristor conversion commonly known as Line Commutated Conversion (LCC-HVDC ) , in China some Hybrid solutions VSC LCC has been already applied in B2B and others will be applied also in LTD in near future. We think Hybrid will become more and more important in the future to guarantee the best performances at lower cost and losses. Regarding FACTS many solutions have proposed and deeply studied based on VSC Converter in Series (SSSC), in Shunt (Statcom) or both in Series Shunt position (UPFC) to stabilize high voltage AC line in transmission operation or against bad contingences. At present only Statcom has been extensively applied in real T&D projects and now is also entering in heavy duty industrial sectors to improve Power Quality of MV industrial feeding lines.

And the third keynote also on the Wednesday morning covers:
Low Inertia Grids: towards a power electronics-based power systemUniv.-Prof. Antonello Monti, PhD , Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems. E.ON Energy Research Center, RWTH Aachen University

The energy transformation is bringing more and more power electronics into the power system. As result, we are moving from a classical electromechanical system to a fully electronic driven system. This change is significantly affecting the dynamics of the power system but also opening completely new opportunities. The presentation will introduce recent studies in the field of dynamic integration of inverters in power grids showing that power electronics can be seen more as opportunities than as a problem. While a full concept of automation for future power system is still part of research, interesting options are emerging showing how the future power electronics-based power system could be actually more reliable than the classical power system.

The final keynote on the Thursday morning (September 5) is entitled:
Integrated optimal design trends from non propulsive systems to hybrid power train of more electric aircraftXavier Roboam, Université de Toulouse, LAPLACE (CNRS/INPT/UPS), Toulouse

The environmental context of aeronautics is “drastically changing” and electrification of future aircrafts becomes a key driver. Whatever if non propulsive systems (<100kW, <540V) or hybrid (or full electric) power train (100kW-MW, xkVs) are considered, huge challenges have to be faced by designers in terms of technologies (passive devices, magnetic materials, wide gaps) and feasibility constraints (quality, stability, EMI, partial discharges, environment and mission profile). In this presentation, we propose to cross these key challenges with methodological vision related to the “integrated optimal design of more electric systems”. Indeed, the complexity of such processes involves innovative approaches such as the Multi-disciplinary Design Optimization.

More on the comprehensive programme: www.epe2019.com


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