The 2020 Annual Conference will, for the 1st time, demonstrate the collaborative efforts between Virginia Tech (CPES and PEC) and Tsinghua University Power Systems and Power Electronics groups. To best expose all of the research initiatives to all participants, an extra day will be added to the conference.
CPES: CPES has a worldwide reputation for its research advances, its work with industry to improve the entire field, and its many talented graduates. From 1998-2008, CPES was a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (NSF ERC). A collaboration of five universities and many industrial firms, the CPES ERC was the largest-ever collaboration of power electronics researchers. During the ERC period, CPES developed the IPEM (Integrated Power Electronics Modules), a standardized off-the-shelf module that has revolutionized power electronics.
Today, CPES is building on that foundation so that power electronics can fulfill its promise and reduce energy use while helping electronics-based systems grow in capability. CPES expertise encompasses five technology areas: (1) power conversion technologies and architectures; (2) power electronics components; (3) modeling and control; (4) EMI and power quality; (5) high density integration.The Center’s targeted applications include: (1) Power management for information and communications technology; (2) Point-of-load conversion for power supplies; (3) Vehicular power conversion systems; (4) Renewable energy systems.
PEC: Power and Energy Center have a long tradition in global leadership in the power systems industry, starting in 1988 when Dr. Arun Phadke (Founding Director) and Dr. James Thorp (former VT ECE Department Head) invented the Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs), leaving the immense impact in the field. Current research focus is in the design, improvement and protection of the world’s power grids.
Tsinghua ECE Department: Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) is a premiere university world renowned in its exceptional and research oriented electrical engineering program. Research focuses include: Power Systems and Automation, High Voltage and Insulation Techniques, Electric Machines and Electric Apparatus, Power Electronics and Electrical Drives, Theory and New Technology of Electrical Engineering. Tsinghua delegates from both the power systems and the power electronics groups will be in attendance to share their latest discoveries and advancements.
Tsinghua ECE Website