Posted: 2016-3-9

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Austin, Texas, the site of the 38th annual INTELEC Conference

Telecommunications and Data Services are converging at an accelerating rate. The traditional approaches to providing mission critical survivability are expanding beyond robust power and are starting to take advantage of virtualization. The challenges facing the network have not changed. Natural disasters, grid issues, equipment failure, and human error still pose risks in providing uninterrupted Data and Communications. Our mission in the power community is to understand these threats, and how to mitigate them. This includes the management of energy distribution, conversion and storage in the new environment of an increasingly virtualized network.

In keeping with the selected theme for INTELEC 2016 - Powering the Software Defined Network. – The program committee has developed a technical conference scope that will explore a broad range of topics critical to our industry. At INTELEC 2016 you will have an opportunity to engage with global leaders and experts in topics like advanced energy storage and management, DC at various voltages (not just 48 VDC) and AC in datacenters and telecommunications centers, alternative power systems, high conversion efficiency, and interfacing with advanced software controlled networks.

We will also include informative tutorials aimed at advances in power management. We will have a student program that will provide a dedicated opportunity for new professionals to share the latest research from academia. Our exhibitor seminar track will provide conference delegates an opportunity for “hands on” preview of key solutions being introduced, offered, or presented at the conference exhibition. Visit for the latest conference information.

I look forward to seeing you in Austin for INTELEC 2016.

Provided by Dustin J Becker,
Intelec 2016 General Chairman

  Dustin Becker


INTELEC® 2016 takes place October 23-27, 2016 at the Renaissance Austin in Austin, TX
Posted: 2015-12-10
Intelec 2016

INTELEC 2016 continues to be the world-class technical forum and information exchange that deals with energy systems for communications and power quality. These topics will be addressed by the global technical and commercial leaders in the industry via keynote and plenary sessions as well as through technical and poster presentations. All of this exchange is supported by an exceptional technical program for the registered attendees. No matter what the attendees’ area of focus may be, from powering software defined networks, to disaster prevention and recovery, to energy efficiency or new energy storage technologies, INTELEC 2016 is the forum to gather the information needed and consult with global industry peers to drive your company’s mission.

For consideration in the technical program a digest that accurately reflects the content of each proposed technical paper must be received by the Technical Program Committee no later than March 27, 2016. The digest should be a minimum of 500 words, not to exceed 1,500 words. It must include all information considered necessary by the authors to demonstrate the technical merit of the paper. Digests are to be submitted electronically, via the INTELEC® website. Author contact information and the topic area of the paper should be included in the submission.

The scope of the conference will include but not limited to the following communications power and energy systems topics:

  • Powering Software Defined Networks
  • 400 Vdc Distribution
  • Alternative Power Sources and Energy Storage
  • Disaster Planning and Recovery
  • Telecom Rectifiers
  • AC-DC Converters
  • DC-DC Converters
  • DC Distribution Systems
  • Battery Systems
  • DC UPS Systems
  • AC Power Distribution Systems
  • AC UPS
  • Outside Plant Power
  • Batteries
  • Thermal Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Semiconductor Components

Please submit digest to the INTELEC 2016 website at and see the latest information at the website.

Provided by Steve Vechy, Publicity Chair for Intelec® 2016


Intelec 2015 - General Chair's Welcome Message
Posted: 2015-2-6

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 37th IEEE PELS International Telecommunications Energy Conference (INTELEC) 2015. I am indeed honored to serve as the General Chair of this conference, which is being held in Osaka, Japan during October 18–22, 2015.

This exciting conference program will include a keynote session from today's industry leaders as well as technical presentations, continuing educations tutorials, workshops, poster sessions, and exhibitions. Every effort has been made to create a program that has the significant components of industry and business to encourage dialogue with the academic community. The topics in this conference cover all aspects of “Smart Green Energy for Future ICT”, with papers and presentations on the latest happenings in those fields.

During the conference, we will provide ample opportunities for networking with attendees from various parts of the world. We hope you will enjoy these organized events while exploring Osaka further.

I would like to acknowledge the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) for their great partnership in sponsoring the INTELEC 2015. I feel deeply grateful to all the people who have contributed to making this event possible. Thanks are also extended to the conference administrative committee as well as to the volunteers and supporters for their tireless efforts throughout the conference.

Finally, I wish all the participants a very enjoyable and productive conference and also an unforgettable stay in Osaka, where you will find the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional—as well as the oriental.

On behalf of the INTELEC 2015 Steering Committee, we are look forward to seeing you and to giving you a warm welcome!

Kiyoshi Tsutsui
President and CEO, NTT FACILITIES, Inc.
General Chair, INTELEC 2015

INTELEC 2014 - ‘Resilient Communications Energy for our Connected World’ - Conference wrap up
Posted: 2014-11-4

The 36th annual conference was held, from September 28 - October 2, at the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver.  This year's program included daily keynote addresses from industry leaders such Alex Tang, a leading consultant on earthquake engineering of telecommunications and electric power lifelines, as well as Victor Goncalves, P.Eng, FEC (Chief Technology Officer Alpha Technologies LTD), Dr. Ewart Blackmore (Senior Research Scientist, TRIUMF), and Power Electronics legend Bruce Carsten (President, Bruce Carsten Associates).  Their insights and perspectives were an exhilarating start to each day’s programs. 

Intelec was attended by over 450 delegates from 46 countries and over 150 exhibitors.  The workshops, commercial, oral, and poster technical presentations provided educational and relevant updates on the newest technologies and solutions for our industry.  The Tutorials that provided relevant technical training were attended by over 75 people. 

INTELEC©, the International Telecommunications Energy Conference, is the annual world-class technical forum which presents the latest developments in communications energy systems and related power-processing devices and circuits.  The 2014 conference in Vancouver was a great success and well attended by the industry who’s who.  Physically Vancouver provided attendees with beautiful weather and great views of the Northwestern landscape and city. 

Full details of the program can be found at

We look forward to seeing everyone at INTELEC 2015 in Osaka Japan October 18 – 25th 2015.  Full details of this program can be found at

INTELEC® 2013: A Great Success!
Posted: 2013-12-4

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The 35th International Telecommunication Energy Conference, INTELEC®2013, which was held at the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH), Germany from 13 - 17 October 2013, was deemed a very great success by all measures. This year’s theme was “Smart Power and Efficiency.” INTELEC® is the annual world-class technical forum which presents the latest developments in communications energy systems and related power-processing devices and circuits. INTELEC®2013 was organized by the Information Technical Society of the VDE/ITG in cooperation with the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and IEEE PELS (Power Electronics Society).

There were 756 attendees from 56 different countries to this year’s conference and exhibition and 12 guest attendees who enjoyed the partner program. There were 80 exhibitors, from companies located all over the world, who provided interesting new displays and devices at the technical exhibition. There were 31 attendees to the 2 tutorials sessions presented.

The INTELEC®2013 conference program was opened by the Vice-Chair Prof. Dr.–Ing. Norbert Graß, Nuremberg Institute of Technology Georg-Simon-Ohm, and featured General-Chair Dr. Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Director of Technology Telekom Deutschland GmbH, with a keynote speech titled “Correlations between Telecommunications and Energy”. “Future of Business Solutions: Cloud Computing” was the keynote topic of Dietmar Meding, Vice President of SAP.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Peter Beck

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Peter Beck, Technical University (TU), Clausthal-Zellerfeld, and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Schwarz, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, provided a comprehensive overview of the “Energiewende” in Germany and discussed the problems of disproportional energy production (Wind, Photovoltaic) and the need for energy storage to provide solid electrical powering to the customer. Prof. Dr. Rik de Doncker, RWTH Aachen, favored the DC-Grid as the future Energy Network to customers´ homes.

There were 144 papers presented in several sessions on important topics like Power Supply, New Technologies, DC Grid, Energy Storage-Batteries (Lead-Acid, Lithium) and Fuel Cells, current worldwide activities in the standardization and safety specifications for critical infrastructure for “smart” solutions like Smart Grid and Smart Metering, Green Energy, Techno-Economics, Maintenance of Equipment and Service Concepts, Thermal Management, Disaster Recovery, and Power Quality. And 28 posters showed current research activities and projects in universities and laboratories worldwide.

Two workshops about “Energy Storage Systems and HVDC” dealt with the latest developments in the field of energy efficient powering of central offices, the equipment of the Next Generation Network (NGN), and the datacenter with the possibility for back reflections.

Intelec 2013

Every conference day had a slogan and began with a plenary session in the morning. The “GREEN DAY” was opened by a plenary themed “SMARTer 2020 – ICT Driving a Sustainable Future” by Luis Neves, Vice President, Group Transformational Change & CR (GCCR) of Deutsche Telekom AG, and was followed by Friedrich Wolf, Head of Business Development, EON Connecting Energies GmbH, who presented his paper “Energy, IT and Telecommunications: Interface, overlap, convergence, merger?”

The social program included a Hamburg Harbor Tour, a visit of the Hamburg Container Harbor as well as a visit to the Airbus-Company, and a banquet with excellent music from the Beatles.

The 36th INTELEC, themed: “Resilient Communications Energy for our Connected World”, will take place September 28th through October 2nd 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. For more information on INTELEC please see

Provided by Wilfried Schulz,
INTELEC®2013 – Member of the Program Committee

A Brief History Of The International Telecommunications Energy Conference (INTELEC)
Posted: 2010-7-16

In May 1975, Messrs. N. Osifchin, B. J. Yokelson, and J. J. Suozzi of Bell Telephone Laboratories developed the idea of an international conference on telephone energy systems. During visits to England, Sweden, Holland, France, Germany, and Italy to discuss power for telecommunications, the idea of an international conference on telecommunications energy was discussed and gained favor with many telecom administrations. In March 1976, Bell Labs management granted permission to the founding team to work on launching such a conference, sponsored by an entity of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and open to all, and the planning for the conference began. In November 1976 the plan for the conference was presented to the Meetings and Conference Department of the IEEE Communications Society (COMSOC) at a meeting in Philadelphia. COMSOC accepted the proposal and agreed to be the sponsor. The first conference was scheduled for October 25-27, 1978, at the Sheraton Hotel in Washington, DC with J. J. Suozzi as Chairman.

The conference was called "The International Telephone Energy Conference" from which the term "INTELEC" was derived. In 1979 the name was changed to "The International Telecommunications Energy Conference," and the term "INTELEC" was retained.

During 1977 and 1978, intensive plans were also being drawn to form a governing body for the conference. This was accomplished by 1978 with the formation of an INTELEC Advisory Committee, representing the world community and presided over by N. Osifchin. The first Advisory Committee meeting was held in October 1978, at the first INTELEC conference, and an immediate debate arose as to how often the INTELEC conferences should be held. A second INTELEC conference was planned for November 1979, chaired by W. M. Miller (Lorain Products), a Planning Committee (later becoming the Conference Executive Committee (CEC)) was mandated to prepare recommendations on the frequency and plans for future meetings and J.J. Suozzi was appointed to write a Constitution and Bylaws for the INTELEC organization.

The second INTELEC conference was held with an even more enthusiastic turnout than the first and plans began for the first INTELEC conference outside of North America, with I. G. White of the British Post Office as Chairman, for May 1981. The success of the 1981 meeting led to the acceptance of the concept of an annual INTELEC conference.

By 1986, the international character of the INTELEC conference was ensured by constitutional changes providing for a 50%-50% American and non-American balance of Advisory Committee membership and by acceptance of a six-year cycle with three meetings in North America, two in Europe, and one in Asia.

In 1991, negotiations among COMSOC, INTELEC and the recently formed IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) resulted in an agreement to transfer sponsorship of INTELEC from COMSOC to PELS, where it joined the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC®) and the Power Electronics Specialists Conference (PESC®), which are also sponsored by PELS.

Over its history, INTELEC conferences have been held in Washington, London, Tokyo, New Orleans, Munich, Toronto, Stockholm, San Diego, Florence (Italy), Orlando, Kyoto, Paris, Vancouver (Canada), The Hague, Boston, Melbourne (Australia), San Francisco, Copenhagen, Phoenix, and Edinburgh (Scotland). The 2002 conference was held in Montreal. Future conferences are planned for Yokohama, Chicago, Berlin, and Rome.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the opening of Eastern Europe borders, there was a strong desire to hold telecommunications energy conferences in Germany and Eastern Europe. The Advisory Committee approved establishment of a smaller conference, the Telecommunications Energy Special Conference (TELESCON®) to address this need. The first TELESCON conference was held in Berlin in the spring of 1994. Additional spring conferences took place in Budapest in 1997 and Dresden in 2000. Continuing the three-year cycle, the next TELESCON conference will be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2003.

INTELEC and TELESCON conferences now provide a venue for telecom, datacom, wireless and cable television operators and vendors of all types of power equipment used by these and related service providers. A typical conference has technical papers and exhibits covering:

  • Integration of the diverse power requirements of the service providers
  • Batteries
  • Power for telecom and datacom systems
  • Power for cellular and personal communications systems (PCS)
  • Power for multimedia networks
  • Power for cable television systems
  • New technology power generation and energy storage systems
  • Dc power plants and their components
  • Power system architectures
  • Flywheel energy storage systems
  • Dc-dc converters
  • Ac power supplies--inverters and uninterruptible power systems (UPS)
  • Primary power systems—engine-alternators, fuel cells, solar and wind systems
  • Building and environmental systems
  • Physical and thermal design
  • Electromagnetic compatibility
  • Grounding and bonding
  • Standards and specifications.

Recent conferences have included tutorial sessions in addition to the technical sessions. Experts in the subject matter conduct the tutorials, and attendees earn continuing education credits. Future conferences will undoubtedly cover new technologies to meet the evolving needs of the participants.

Provided by J.J. Suozzi with inputs from Chris Riddleberger, Mark Jacobs and Michael Davis.

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