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Workshop

How to Choose and Define Capacitor Usage for Emerging Applications Workshop

Series of 3 online sessions
April 21 (2 hours), April 28 (2 hours), May 5 (2.5 hours)
Each session will begin at 9 AM US Central Time (2 PM GMT) 

In light of the COVID-19 virus and associated concerns, the “How to Choose and Define Capacitor Usage for Emerging Applications” Workshop has transitioned from in-person on March 14 to a series of online sessions April 21 - May 5.

The sessions will each run approximately 2 hours and are structured to include the same topics originally planned for the in-person workshop, including presentations, technology demonstrations and Q&A discussions. The sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees for playback on demand. Our goal is to provide a high-quality workshop and ensure a valuable experience.

Registered attendees will also be invited to attend the “Power Magnetics @ High Frequency" Workshop which will be held online (May 12 - June 16). All registered attendees will have access to the materials from both workshops.

The registration fee for the workshop is $400 reducing to $300 for PSMA members and IEEE PELS members. 

The agenda for the workshop is available at the link below.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the upcoming on-line workshop, please email power@psma.com

 

How to Choose and Define Capacitor Usage for Various Applications, Wideband Trends and New Technologies

PSMA and IEEE PELS Sponsored Workshop Webinar Series Tuesdays April 21 – May 5, 2020

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and the IEEE Power Electronics Society (IEEE PELS) jointly sponsored the virtual capacitor workshop "How to Choose and Define Capacitor Usage for Various Applications, Wideband Trends, and New Technologies". The Capacitor Workshop had been scheduled in parallel with a Magnetics Workshop on the Saturday prior to APEC.

The year 2020 started with a major challenge that hit all of us hard. After months of preparation for the third consecutive PSMA and PELS Capacitor Workshop scheduled on March 14th in New Orleans everything changed dramatically. With a worldwide travel ban and the cancellation of APEC, we had to change the very successful in-person workshop format into a virtual session in just a couple of weeks. Despite the difficulties the Workshop Committee faced, their primary goal was to create the highest possible value to all of the registered attendees which would closely follow the agenda planned for the in-person workshop. Both of the committees, Magnetics and Capacitor agreed, that as an additional bonus, registered attendees would be offered both workshops regardless of which workshop they had originally signed up for.

With the tremendous effort of the Capacitor Committee and the magnificent support of the PSMA staff, the virtual workshop outline solidified and the schedule was published accordingly.  On three consecutive Tuesdays, that started on April 21st the Capacitor Workshop attracted presenters and attendees from around the world. A mixture of technical based presentations from industry professionals and contributions from professors of international renowned universities were well fitted into the three sessions. Supporting demonstrations as well as a live video panel discussion took place to make this virtual workshop a success.

Without exaggeration, the 2020 virtual Capacitor Workshop was a success based on the outstanding efforts of all presenters. With professors and technicians, technical marketing experts and specialists covering a wide range of subjects the value to all attendees was much more than just a replacement of the planned workshop in New Orleans. Brilliant sessions, presented by international speakers from the United States to Europe down to New Zealand had been a promise to all of the participants. Each session concluded with a live and interactive question and answer session and panel discussion that continued until all audience questions were addressed. The feedback was more than just positive. We are pleased to recap that, despite the unique circumstances, the 2020 Capacitor Workshop fulfilled the mission of the workshop organizing committee "to educate the attendees on capacitor trends, technologies, and innovations… to present the best material available to meet the industry's needs." All of the highest praise, and respect is extended to the presenters, the PSMA and IEEE PELS staff and all of the attendees for their contributions. All of the presentations were made available to participants and each session was recorded and is available to all registrants for viewing on demand.

Special credits to all the speakers and organizers for their overwhelming efforts and unstintingly contribution listed below:

  • Pat Wheeler, University of Nottingham, UK; Trends and Challenges in Components for Aircraft Electrification
  • Kevin O'Connor, Caporus Technologies, US, Capacitive Energy Storage in Power Conversion Systems
  • Mark J. Scott, Miami University, US; Failure Modes and Conditional Monitoring Techniques for Capacitors
  • Dong Cao, GE EPISCenter and University of Dayton, US; High Density Converter Capacitor Design Challenges for Data Center and Automotive Application
  • Stephan Menzel, CapXon Europe, Germany; Solid Conductive Polymer and Hybrid Technologies
  • Wilmer Companioni, KEMET Electronics Corporation, US, Ceramic Capacitors for Harsh Environments / Ceramic Capacitors for RF Applications
  • Frank Puhane, Würth Elektronik, Germany; Backup Your Application – Hot Swappable Supercapacitor Backup Solution / DC Link Capacitor and Wireless Power Transfer A Perfect Couple
  • Manuel Gomez, TDK Electronics, US; Innovative Film Capacitor Technologies For Wide Band-Gap Semiconductors
  • Nihal Kularatna, Waikato University, NZ; Benefits of Million Times Larger Capacitance in EDLCs
  • Mike Wens, MinDCet NV, Belgium; Custom Integrated Power Management Solutions
  • Hengzhao Yang, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, US; Peukert's Law for Supercapacitors Physics and Application

The 2020 Capacitor Workshop was different in many ways to prior years. With the feedback provided by attendees following each session, we learned a lot about this format and were able to incorporate many of suggestions received in the later sessions. While nothing will fully replace the face to face dialog and interaction during an in-person workshop, the virtual session is an excellent alternative and/or add-on to increase the value and convenience to attract more attendees all over the world. And the virtual format also allowed individuals to participate in both the Capacitor and Magnetics workshops. With these and additional takeaways from the workshops in 2020 and previous years, we are looking forward to an even brighter future and even more successful workshop 2021 in Phoenix AZ, or perhaps virtually again.

Provided by members of the Capacitor Workshop Organizing Team:

Pierre Lohrber, Wurth Electronics
Fred Weber, Future Technology Worldwide

PSMA Capacitor Committee and IEEE PELS Capacitor Workshop

Date: Saturday March 14. 2020
APEC 2020 New Orleans, California

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and the IEEE Power Electronics Society (IEEE PELS) will be jointly sponsoring an all-day workshop on Saturday, March 14, 2020, the day before the start of and in the same venue as APEC 2020 in New Orleans LA.

This workshop has been an annual event that has continued to grow over the years. The 2019 workshop, "The Impact of Wideband Technologies on Application of Capacitors - A Deep Dive on Capacitor Technology", was held the in Anaheim, CA Saturday March 16, the day before the start of APEC 2019. The keynote speaker was Gene Sheridan, the CEO and co-founder of Navitas Semiconductor and focused on Capacitor requirements for GaN switching systems.

The 2020 day-long Capacitor Workshop will feature presenters from market-leading capacitor manufacturers, and preeminent contributors from universities around the world. The technical lecture presentation sessions will each be followed by an open panel Q&A to offer attendees the opportunity to engage with the presenters.

There will be technology demonstration stations during the breakfast, lunch, and networking sessions. This will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to network and to meet professionals and view up close the various technologies and their advantages.  This workshop will address the needs of both beginners and advanced designers of dc-dc converters, frequency drives, inverters and other power conversation applications. The focus will be on how redefined traditional technologies and the latest technologies and topology developments meet the challenging requirements in the case of temperature, frequency, lifetime and more.

Meanwhile keep checking www.psma.com/technical-forums/capacitor/workshop for the latest news on the upcoming workshop.

Provided by members of the Capacitor Workshop Organizing Team:

Pierre Lohrber   Wurth Electronics
Fred Weber   Future Technology Worldwide
 

 

PSMA Capacitor Committee and IEEE PELS Capacitor Workshop:
Everything You Wanted To Know About Capacitors But Were Afraid To Ask

Saturday March 3, 2018

Room 216AB Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center,San Antonio, Texas

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, the day before the start of, and in the same venue as APEC 2018 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX , The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and the IEEE Power Electronics Society(IEEE PELS) jointly sponsored an all-day workshop titled "Everything You Wanted to Know About Capacitors But Were Afraid to Ask".

The workshop addressed the fundamentals of capacitor technology, as applied to a wide range of power conversion applications, including dc-dc converters, variable frequency drives and inverters. The primary technologies discussed were: Ceramic, Electrolytic Caps (Aluminum), Dry Film, and Super Caps which were broken into Low Voltage, High Voltage, and Failure Modes considerations. There was an interactive panel discussions following each topic. In addition, there were presentations discussing new capacitor technologies, a discussion on reliability testing, and Embedded Capacitors. During the breakfast, lunch and post event networking sessions, all attendees were able to participate and review the demonstrations for not only the Capacitor Workshop, but also the Magnetics Workshop.

The presentations from the workshop are available to attendees and PSMA members www.psma.com/technical-forums/capacitor/presentations


The PSMA Capacitor Committee is currently working on the technical agenda for next year's workshop to be held prior to APEC2019in Anaheim, CA. Possible topics include covering other technologies (i.e. Tantalums), more focus on application discussions, and emerging technologies. Your inputs and opinions are certainly welcome at this early stage of planning. If you are interested in participating in the planning and demonstrations for 2019 Capacitor Workshop, contact the Association Office at power@psma.com.

Organizing Committee 

Fred Weber, Future Technology Worldwide
Pierre Lohrber, Wurth Electronics
Wilmer Companioni, KEMET Electronics

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