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PCIM Europe 2022 Analog And/Or Digital
February 15, 2022 - May 13, 2022

The power electronics community can come together (live) again in Nuremberg from 10 – 12 May 2022. This year, the PCIM Europe will be complemented by a digital offering. Exhibitors, visitors, attendees and speakers can also network, learn about the latest industry trends and expand their knowledge on the digital event platform as part of the hybrid event concept. The on-site event in Nuremberg is accompanied digitally beforehand, in parallel and afterwards. By linking the digital and analog worlds, organizer Mesago aims to create a holistic event experience that provides insight and exchange and offers all event participants around the world the chance to join the power electronics community.

Like every year, trend topics of the industry will be addressed on specific exhibition areas. One of the highlights will be the Batteries & More - Energy Storage Pavilion. The demand for stable energy storage systems is growing constantly. Power electronics as the heart of a stationary energy storage system plays an important role here. With the Batteries & More - Energy Storage Pavilion, a special platform for presentations and professional exchange will be dedicated to this topic. A special focus will be on the application area of "Batteries".

Suppliers of power electronics, who are in the product group "Power Quality and Energy Storage", will be presenting their latest products and innovations to trade visitors as part of the joint stand and Industry Forum. The Industry Forum is a platform for lectures, presentations and panel discussions on research and development topics. Here energy storage will also feature as a topic in the conference program.

Over 300 lecture and poster presentations have been selected out of the vast amount of submitted papers. The conference program offers keynotes at the beginning of each conference day, special sessions and a range of user-oriented seminars and tutorials on the two days prior to the conference.

Keynotes

The first keynote on the Tuesday covers “Hydrogen – Key Element to Achieve Net Zero CO2” by Jürgen Rechberger, AVL List, Austria. The energy transition to a net zero CO2 society is widely recognized as a monumental challenge. Austria is in the preferred condition to have already a renewable energy production of 70 % but only related to electricity. If the complete primary energy demand is considered, only about 30 % are from renewable resources (incl. biogenic and geothermal). AVL is since 2002 heavily involved in hydrogen technologies development from PEM stacks and systems for automotive, marine, rail and aviation applications to SOFC power-generation solutions to hydrogen production technologies based on PEM and Solid Oxide electrolysis. Various of these developments will be shown, together with industry trends and the role of hydrogen in the future mobility & energy system.

The second keynote on the Wednesday morning is entitled “Power Electronics for a Future Sustainable Society” to be presented by Ichiro Omura, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan. Fifty years after 'The Limits to Growth' the famous report from the Club of Rome, we are now forced to recognize 'the dimensions of our finite planet' in terms of CO2 emissions. In this presentation, he will explore the critical boundary in the relationship between economic growth and CO2 emissions by introducing simple model, and recognize the gap between the net zero emission scenario and the current situation. He will then discuss the role that power electronics technology development should play in bridging this gap.

The Thursday keynote “From State of the Art to Future Development Trends of Power Supply Technologies” will be given by Peter Wallmeier, Senior Director, Delta Energy Systems, Germany. The application of Switched Mode Power Conversion technology started in consumer electronics and information technology more than 40 years ago. It spread out to almost all industries over the past decades to benefit from higher power conversion efficiency, lighter weight and increased power density at lower costs. The presentation will review the technology innovations increasing the conversion efficiency from below 75 % to now 98 % at power densities from initial 0.2 kW/l to now 6 kW/l over the past decades.

Special sessions

On the Tuesday May 10. 11:00 – 12:30, after the opening and award ceremony, the first Special Session on “Cognitive Power Electronics” will take place.

The opening paper is entitled “The interplay between silicon capability and system architecture for cognitive power systems”, and will be presented by Nicolas Lehment from NXP Semiconductors (www.nxp.com). Evolving sensing and AI-compute capabilities realized in modern silicon products enable novel architectural choices in embedded controllers and the power systems they govern. This contribution explores the impact of high precision analog measurement when paired with embedded AI and emerging new network technologies.

Cognitive Power Electronics 4.0 –An Enabler for Smart Systems”, will be introduced by Martin Schellenberger from Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB, Germany (www.iisb.fraunhofer.de). Power electronic devices are at the heart of modern electrical and electronic equipment and applications in households, industrial plants or in mobility. They convert electrical energy, switch loads, control electrical drives and much more. For this purpose, they continuously record and frequently control parameters such as current, voltage and their change over time. When combined with artificial intelligence, such intelligent power electronics evolve to what we call “Cognitive Power Electronics 4.0” - an enabler for the aforementioned systems to become a smart energy network, a smart production plant, or a smart electric motor.

Cognitive Power Electronics for Smart Drives in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, are presented by Georg Roeder, also from Fraunhofer IISB. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with electric propulsion rely, amongst other conditions, on the motor and the rotor for safe operation. The propulsion system can be exposed to harsh operating conditions, which poses stress to the motor bearings, typically limiting the service interval of the whole UAV. A frequent estimation of bearing condition can help to reduce maintenance efforts. The solution proposed is based on the measurement of the motor phase currents, and a machine learning approach based on manifold learning to detect bearing faults as anomalies from healthy motor states.

Modular ultra-low-power IoT-Core – Bridging the gap between power electronics and distributed sensor networks”, is the title of the fourth paper given by Carsten Brockmann from Fraunhofer IZM (www.izm.fraunhofer.de). In this paper, the authors present an innovative ultra-low-power IoT-Core that can be used as an extension for efficient DC/DC converters. The module equips the overall system with computation and communication capabilities for Industry 4.0 and IoT applications without adding significant power requirements. The research focuses on optimizing energy consumption by taking an overarching view of hardware and software at the system level.

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