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The second-annual Smart Grid Electronics Forum (SGEF ’11) 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 '11 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 to the end-use equipment. You will hear about the latest component developments, design techniques, communications protocols, architectures, smart-grid standards, and more. SGEF '11 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.

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 . . .

"There is a wide chasm between the experience and expectations of utility executives and those of electronic equipment manufacturers. The Smart Grid Electronics Forum will provide a bridge of understanding and communications between these two important groups," stated Jeff Shepard, president of Darnell Group. "For example, utility executives expect to build a network that will function reliably for decades while product and technology lifecycles for electronic equipment are an order of magnitude faster. Reconciling those conflicting expectations will be critical to the successful implementation of a comprehensive smart grid solution," Shepard concluded.

This focused two-day 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 '11 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

Electronic Products

Darnell Group


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