INTELEC® 2016 Registration is Now Open
Posted: 2016-8-31






ustin, Texas, the site of the 38th annual Austin, Texas, USA is proud to host the 38th International Communications Energy Conference (INTELEC), October 23-27, 2016. INTELEC® is an international assembly and world-class technical forum for the exchange of ideas, information and new developments in energy and energy storage systems for communications.

This conference provides a unique opportunity for network operators and communication energy systems developers to interact directly with researchers, designers, manufacturers and distributors of communications energy systems and related components and products.

INTELEC® 2016 will feature an extensive technical exhibition. You will have the opportunity to meet with manufacturers and distributors of a variety of communications energy products, systems and components and view their displays.

This year's technical program includes almost one hundred peer-reviewed papers in 19 sessions on all topics of interest to the communications power professional. In addition to the traditional topics this year's papers include sessions on:

  • Powering the Software Defined Network
  • 400 Vdc Distribution
  • Alternative Power Sources

INTELEC is also pleased to announce three outstanding plenary speakers. Henry Towster of Emerson and Mark Johnson of GE will both address the conference's theme topic of Powering the Software Defined Network. INTELEC is also very pleased to announce that Dr. John Goodenough of the University of Texas - Austin, inventor of the lithium ion battery, will be addressing the attendees in the Monday morning plenary session.

Two workshop sessions are being developed. One workshop session is planned as a follow-up and continuation of the popular workshop at INTELEC in Osaka last fall, "What do the Users Want?" Another workshop exploring the current state of battery technology is also being planned.

As a bonus, there will be a full session of presentations from exhibitors on Monday afternoon. This will give you plenty of time to follow-up those discussions of the latest available technology in the exhibit hall during the week.


  • Telecomm Rectifiers
  • AC-DC Converters
  • Other DC-AC Converters
  • Traditional DC Distribution Systems, Battery Plants, and DC-UPS
  • AC Power Distribution Systems and AC UPS
  • Outside Plant Power
  • Batteries
  • Thermal Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Semiconductor Components
  • Other Components

For more information on the 2016 INTELEC visit

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


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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