From the 4-5 July 2023, the Centre for Power Electronics (CPE) and IMAPS-UK held the CPE Annual Conference at the Jubilee Conference Centre, University of Nottingham, serving the Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) community.
With over 180 people attending over the two days of the in-person event held on CPE’s tenth anniversary, the conference featured state of the art presentations from academic and industrial speakers, 11 Exhibitors, 60 poster presentations from Early Career Researchers and a panel session on the Future Energy Strategy in Preparation for Net Zero in 2050.
By Liliana de Lillo – Team Leader of the OLOPS Super Star Racers and Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow
The 2023 edition of the Staffordshire Goblin event was held on a wonderful hot day on Wednesday the 14th of June at Curborough Sprint Course. These events, organised by Greenpower, give school children the opportunity to build and race their own electric kit car.
Once again, the PEMC Research Group from the University of Nottingham and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Primary Academy from Bulwell in Nottingham worked hard on their entry to this year’s event: the OLOPS Super Star Racers!
With almost 50 Goblin electric carts participating in the Staffordshire event, OLOPS Super Star Racers did fantastic and look forward to seeing how they ranked amongst the many schools that travelled from different parts of the country to participate once the final results are released.
It is always a great event where all children, aged 9 and 10, join in with such enthusiasm and excitement working as a team at every step, fully committed to make it a memorable day for themselves and the school they are representing. Behind a great group of children, there are always great teachers and we wouldn’t be able to run the “Electric cart project” without their passion, enthusiasm and time.
Thank you to Sarah Fedyszyn and Ellen Flynn from OLOPS whose dedication to this activity is invaluable. We hope to see some of these children in a few years’ time returning as Graduates in Engineering as some of them have already hinted!
Liliana de Lillo – Team Leader of the OLOPS Super Star Racers and Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow
During British Science Week 2023, Dr Neo Lophitis of the University of Nottingham and the CPE Annual Conference Technical Committee visited the Leicester Greek School on 18 March to support and provide further inspiration for their science activities.
To complement the School’s curriculum, Dr Neo Lophitis discussed the science and technology behind electric vehicles and led students to explore simple electrical circuits. The students then used simple electrical circuit components to build their own battery powered vehicle models. The children’s enthusiasm and excitement for how electric circuits and battery powered vehicles work was evident as they celebrated their achievements!
Over the last three years, they have taken 10 interns per year, predominantly across the engineering disciplines but also with opportunities in management. When interns join they are placed within the functional management and allocated work on customer or R&D projects to support the delivery of HVDC systems and products to the market, in addition to following an internal development program to foster their understanding and prepare them for their future careers.
The opportunities can be found through GE’s external jobs site by searching for “Intern”. Links to the 10 roles have also been posted on LinkedIn by Kristoffer Baker, HVDC Engineering Capability Leader.
The two-day Conference will feature a range of academic and industry presentations, an opportunity for students and postdoctoral researchers to present and develop their research through posters/oral presentations, and to network with speakers, exhibitors and fellow attendees during the day and at an evening BBQ on Tuesday 4 July 2023. A visit to the state-of-the art Lab facilities at the University of Nottingham Power Electronics and Machines Centre (PEMC) will also be organised.
A pre-Conference workshop on Power Electronics Devices and Packaging is also being arranged on Monday 3 July 2023 at the same venue. The event page is now also open for registration
Call for Posters from Students and Postdoctoral Researchers
The CPE Conference Team invites Abstracts from Students (PhD, Masters and Undergraduate) and Postdoctoral Researchers for Poster Presentations which describe the latest advancements in Power Electronics and Drives. Those wishing to present their work at the CPE Annual Conference 2023 should consult this flyer; CPE Call for Posters and submit an abstract of no more than 200 words via this Microsoft Form by the deadline of Friday 24th February 2023.
PhD students interested in also applying to deliver an Oral Presentation at the Conference (which will be for a maximum of 5 minutes followed by time for Questions and Answers) are given an opportunity to indicate so when filling-in the Microsoft Form linked above.
Prizes will be awarded to selected Poster and Oral Presentations at the Conference.
If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Riches at email@example.com
Abstract: Long-haul road freight is said to be one of the ‘difficult to decarbonise’ sectors of the economy. Heavy vehicles require large amounts of power for long periods of time, making battery electric technologies challenging. There are two main alternatives to battery-electric vehicles: fuel-cell electric vehicles powered by hydrogen and battery electric vehicle technology, with various charging options. The heavy vehicle industry is currently divided over which technology to back with the government spending approx. £200m on demonstration trials to help it decide which way to go. This talk will consider the basic numbers associated with these issues and will show that one option makes sense, while the other doesn’t.
Biography: David Cebon, PhD, FREng, FIMechE is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in Cambridge University Engineering Department, where he has been a member of staff since 1985. He leads the Department’s Transport Research Group and the Department’s research theme ‘Energy, Transport and Urban Infrastructure’. He is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight and the Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium. Professor Cebon has authored or co-authored many papers on dynamics, safety, manoeuvrability and decarbonisation of heavy vehicles. He has also published widely on road and bridge response and damage as well as asphalt micromechanics.
The CPE Conference Team invites Abstracts from Early/Mid Career Academics for Oral Presentations which describe the latest advancements in Power Electronics and Drives (see flyer in link below).
Those wishing to present their work at the CPE Annual Conference 2023 should submit an abstract of no more than 200 words and a biography of up to 150 words, electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of Friday 16th December 2022. If you require any further information, please contact Steve Riches at the same email address.
Following the CPE 2022 Conference held at the University of Warwick on 5-6 July 2022, the Centre for Power Electronics and IMAPS-UK are pleased to announce that the CPE 2023 Conference will be held at the Jubilee Conference Centre (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/conference/facilities/jubilee/) at the University of Nottingham on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 July 2023.
The two day Conference will feature a range of academic and industry presentations, an opportunity for students to present research and development work through posters/oral presentations, network with speakers, exhibitors and fellow attendees during the day and at an evening BBQ on Tuesday 4 July 2023. A visit to the adjacent University of Nottingham PEMC facility with three state-of-the-art laboratories will also be organised.
Further details about the Conference will be posted in due course.
This year’s Centre for Power Electronics Annual Conference was held as an in-person event at the University of Warwick on the 5 and 6 July, with over 160 delegates attending.
The Conference featured state of the art presentations from academic and industrial speakers, 2 Sponsors (Driving the Electric Revolution – Industrialisation Centres and Siemens Digital Software), 12 Exhibitors, 38 poster presentations from Early Career Researchers and panel sessions on the challenges facing the electric vehicle charging infrastructure and skills, training and future talent development in this growing industry. A barbecue was also included.
The Conference was Chaired by Professor Layi Alatise and organised in partnership with IMAPS-UK.