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Now part of Darnell's Energy Summit, the Fourth Smart Grid Electronics Forum (SGEF '14) will focus on the practical impact that the emerging smart grid will have on the design issues/decisions/techniques/devices/etc. related to the development and design of electronic equipment. As a delegate at SGEF '14 you will learn how deployment of the smart grid will change the design of all types of electronic equipment. Coverage will extend from the Smart Meter through the building and related microgrids to the end-use equipment. You will hear about the latest component developments, design techniques, communications protocols, architectures, smart-grid standards, and more. A key question to be considered at this year's SFEG will be: "Are microgrids the key to the successful development of the smart grid?" SGEF '14 will serve the needs of design engineers in all segments of the electronics industry including; Communications, Computing/Storage, Consumer, Power Conversion, Automotive, Alternative Energy, Industrial, Medical, and so on.

"Simply producing a 'smarter grid' will not be sufficient to solve the problems with today's electricity transmission and distribution systems," stated Jeff Shepard, president of Darnell Group. "Key enablers will include the development of advanced energy measurement and control capabilities coupled with machine-to-machine communications incorporated into 'smart' electronic devices ranging from appliances to electric vehicles, industrial equipment and even smart buildings. And this year, we have co-located SGEF with Darnell's Power Forum and the Green Building Power Forum as part of Darnell's Energy Summit, giving you an opportunity to attend any sessions of interest during these simultaneous events," Shepard concluded.

Monitoring, Control, Communications and Security will be some of the major themes of the second annual SGEF. The successful deployment of the smart grid will be dependent on numerous technology and standards developments for electronic equipment. For the smart grid to have benefits, it must be able to reliably monitor loads and communicate to the downstream loads and also be able to turn these loads on/off or turn them up/down as appropriate. Some of the areas of focus for this important event will include:

  • Communications standards and protocols
  • Smart Meters
  • Smart appliances and loads
  • Distribution architectures and components
  • Networking/embedded processing needs
  • Circuit design requirements
  • Applications and demonstration projects
  • Instrumentation and monitoring
  • Enabling demand side management
  • Supporting plug-in hybrid vehicles
  • Large-scale energy storage
  • Intelligent power monitoring sensors
  • Advance metering infrastructure
  • Visualization technologies
  • Real-Time control methods
  • Integration of distributed generation resources
  • Supporting and enabling micro grids
  • Power quality considerations
  • Impact of the smart grid on mission critical customers
  • Reliability and availability
  • Management, operation and control
  • And more . . .

This focused, international forum will serve the needs of an audience of decision makers and technology developers who are interested in learning about and contributing to practical advancements related to the emerging smart grid. SGEF '14 will address the interests of a broad audience including:

  • Electronic equipment system designers
  • Smart grid product/system designers
  • Utility engineers and executives
  • Circuit/systems design engineers
  • Networking/embedded processing engineers
  • Applications engineers
  • Critical facilities designers/architects
  • Telecommunications power professionals
  • Power converter designers
  • Power quality specialists
  • Research and development professionals
  • Technical editors and industry analysts

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