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ARTICLE AND VIDEO COLLECTION PCIM 2021 review: all highlights at a glance

Editor: Nicole Kareta

For those who missed the PCIM Europe Digital Days from May 03 to 07, this article provides a detailed listing with all articles, whitepapers and videos on the most important trade show events. This includes the Best Paper Award, the Young Engineer Awards and keynotes on the trend topics of the power electronics industry.

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With this overview you will not miss any article, whitepaper or video of the PCIM Europe Highlights.
With this overview you will not miss any article, whitepaper or video of the PCIM Europe Highlights.
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Once again this year, the PCIM Europe Digital Days offered a packed program. The focus of the trade show is on the latest developments in the power electronics industry as well as the transfer of technical know-how. Thus, in addition to keynotes by established speakers, the Best Paper and Young Engineer Awards, whose winners received prize money of EUR1,000, also form an integral part of the event.

You missed the participation at the PCIM Europe Digital Days? Don't worry - in this article we provide you with the videos of the keynotes as well as the award-winning conference presentations on demand.

PCIM Europe Best Paper Award

1st Winner: Gustavo Fortes, LAPLACE University of Toulouse, France.
Title: A resonant DC/DC converter with high efficiency and power
In the solid state transformers with medium voltage SiC-Devices, it is possible to achieve very high efficiency, although designing a sufficiently high switching frequency in order reduce filter elements, volume and mass of the transformer.
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Best Paper Award 2021: Free Whitepaper

You want to learn more about this topic? The free award winning whitepaper covers the following aspects:
- Resonant single active brigde converter and its benefits,
- zero voltage and zero current switching events,
- the device's output capacitance influence,
- characterization of R-SAB high power prototype, and
- using different devices for achiving the highest efficiency.

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PCIM Europe Young Engineer Awards

1st winner: Christian Schwabe, Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany
Title: Power cycling lifetime investigation under low temperature swings and 50 Hz load
How to evaluate the possible liefetime in application? The answer to this question is power cycling tests. Research has already produced numerous findings in this area, but a temperature swing below 30 K has not yet been taken into consideration. However, this range is very interesting for application use.
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YOUNG ENGINEER AWARD 2021: Free Whitepaper

You want to learn more about this topic? The free award winning whitepaper explains

  • how a reliable power-cycling test concept, using switching and conduction losses, looks like,
  • why testing in the high cycle fatigue area is very complex,
  • what you should keep in mind when transferring power cycling results to application close conditions,
  • how to use 3D-simualtion to enhance physical understanding of failure mechanisms,
  • and what are still limitations for reliability testing in the high cycle fatigue zone.
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    2nd winner: Carsten Kempiak, Otto-von-Guericke-University, Germany
    Title: Power cycling under thermal overload
    Highly reliable interconnect technologies are increasingly used to achieve much higher reliability or enable the device to operate at elevated temperature. These benefits, however, evolve new challenges for the qualification process.
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    2. WINNER OF YOUNG ENGINEER AWARD 2021: FREE WHITEPAPER

    You want to learn more about this topic? The free award winning whitepaper contains:

  • Approach for an accelerated qualification procedure,
  • description of the device under test,
  • comparative discussion of power cycling results of highly reliable engineering samples and commercial devices, and
  • a simplified lifetime model and comparison to yet published models.
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    3rd winner: Gard Lyng Rødal, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
    Title: An Adaptive Current Source Gate Driver for SiC MOSFETs with Double Gate Current Injection
    This article presents a novel current source gate driver for SiC MOSFETs improving controllability of turn-on/off delays, di/dt and dv/dt compared to conventional totem-pole voltage source gate drivers.
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    3. WINNER OF YOUNG ENGINEER AWARD 2021: FREE WHITEPAPER

    You want to learn more about this topic? The free award winning whitepaper explains:

  • The advantages of Silicon Carbide MOSFETs and the challenges imposed by the high achievable di/dt and dv/dt,
  • a way to deal with the challenges by deploying an adaptive current source gate driver, and
  • a compressed description of how the proposed gate driver works.
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    Keynotes at PCIM Europe Digital Days

    Title: HVDC grid challenges and opportunities
    About: This keynote addresses on HVDC grid challenges and opportunities at PCIM Digital Days 2021.
    Speaker: Seddik Bacha, Scientific Director and Scientific Committee Chair of the Supergrid Architecture & Systems research program at the SuperGrid Institute
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    Title: Variable speed drives and next-gen inverter concepts
    About: Variable speed drives are widely used in industry and infrastructure applications and play a crucial role in regulating current in motor-based systems such as heating, ventilation, and cooling. In a bid to solve efficiency problems, researchers are turning to SiC/GaN to boost performance.
    Speaker: Professor Johann Kolar of ETH Zurich
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    Title: Next generation of power electronics module packaging
    About: To improve efficiency in modern cars and achieve true electromobility, power density must increase without inhibiting performance and reliability. This keynote discusses how high-efficiency power packaging could help achieve this.
    Speaker: Hannes Stahr of AT&S
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    Title: Future of work for power electronics
    About: In the keynote, topics such as the digital transformation accelerated by the pandemic, the new skillset of the future, innovative ways to learn, and much more are discussed.
    Speaker: Hanne Caspersen, Sr. Innovation Advisor at TRENDONE
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