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Workshops & Specials


Workshops on Wednesday October 12, 2011 13:30 - 16:30
arrow_4 Fuel cells technologies for telecommunication sector
Focus on UPS, alternative power source
arrow_4 High Voltage DC Power for data communication centres
INTELEC’s Technical Subcommittees
arrow_4   Monday October 10, 2011 16:00 - 17:30 
  Information and Communication Infrastructure Resistant to Extreme Events (ICIREE)
  Wednesday October 12, 2011 10:15 - 12:35 
  Information and Communications Technology Facilities Power Technologies (ICT-FPT)



Fuel cells technologies for telecommunication sector 
Focus on UPS, alternative power source

Wednesday October 12, 2011 : 13:00 - 16:30
Chairman : Anthony Brenninkmeijer, MBA
Contrbutions : Joe Blanchard (ReliOn); Geoff Budd (Ballard); Giuseppe Gianolio (Electro Power Systems): Rich Romer (IdaTech)

  • Present fuel cells technologies: role, state of art and potentials for telecommunication applications, putting the focus on UPS and backup power
  • Bridge the gap between the fuel cell industry and the telecommunication industry to create synergies and initiate market opportunities
  • Raise awareness among the two group of stakeholders
  • Demonstrate activities, projects and commercial applications in fuel cells for the telecommunication sectors

Preliminary Program of the Workshop

  1. Welcome & Introduction, FuelCellEurope, Anthony Brenninkmeijer
  2. Setting the scene: framework presentation (basics on Fuel Cells, basics on fuel cells for telecom (Peter Veltman and/or Frank De Bruijn, Nedstack,)
  3. Market perspectives:
    a.    EU (Giuseppe Gianolio, Electro Power System)
    b.    North America (Geoff Budd, Ballard,)
    c.    Asia (Rich Romer, Idatech)
  4. End users perspectives. 
    a.    Lighthouse project in Europe (coordinated by Logan Energy)
    b.    Supply side: (Air Liquide, invited)
    c.    View from a telecom operator (to be confirmed)

Click here for final progam of this workshop

Anthony Brenninkmeijer(FuelCellEurope)
anthony_brenninkmeijer      Anthony is a partner at Hinicio, a strategic consultancy company specialised in Sustainable Energy in charge of leading the activities in Europe. He is currently the Director of FuelCellEurope, the European Industry association representing the interests of the fuel cell sector.Anthony has a double (UK- German) degree in European Business Administration and holds an MBA from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. He is of Dutch nationality and lives in Belgium since many years. For years now he putting his skills to work in the sustainable energy sector in particular in the field fuel cells and hydrogen. Anthony is a recognized expert for the European Parliament and contributed to their studies on renewable energy and energy efficiency. He has been invited to speak at events and conferences in London, Edinburgh, Utrecht, Paris and Brussels and chairs a cycle of Brussels based workshops.         

Joe Blanchard (ReliOn)

Joe has served as ReliOn's Chief Operating Officer since May 2011, having previously held the position of Vice President of Product Line Management since 2005. He spent the previous 18 years with Fujitsu, where he held various management positions in development, product management, product support and services. Prior to Fujitsu, he worked in product development for Rockwell/Wescom and GTE Automatic Electric. For over 27 years, he has been involved in the design, development, marketing and support of products spanning DLC/DSLAMs and FTTx systems, telecom cabinets and power systems, optical transport, DWDM systems, Class 5 switching and PBX systems.

Geoff Budd (Ballard)
budd_ballard Geoff has a 20-year experience with Degussa, a German-based chemical company, for which he held various management positions. He was involved in market development activities for numerous industries, including the automotive and industrial emission control sectors. At the beginning of 1999 he joined Ballard, where he is involved in the development of fuel cell products for automotive and stationary power. He has held a number of management positions, and is currently responsible for the sales and business development of Ballard's products and services in Europe. He holds a seat on the Board of Directors of Ballard GmbH, which was founded in September 2005, and is a Board Member of FuelCellEurope.

Giuseppe Gianolio (Electro Power Systems)
gianolio Giuseppe holds a PhD in Electric Engineering from the University of Turin, where he has been a researcher in the fields of hydrogen and renewable energies. In 2002 he joined the Turin Environment Park, where he worked as Project Manager in their Hydrogen System Laboratory (HySyLa) until 2006. He is among the founders of Electro Power Systems, where he held various management positions including those of Chief Technology Officer, Chief Technology Architect and Sales Vice President. He is also founder of Bar Engineering and co-founder of VASS Technologies, of which he is also CEO.

Rich Romer (IdaTech)
romer_idatech Rich brings over 10 years of experience to his role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at IdaTech, where he is responsible for global sales. Prior to joining IdaTech he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Cyclics Corporation, where he was responsible for managing an international distribution network and the market launch of a new product. Before joining Cyclics, he worked as Sales Director at Plug Power Inc., Product Manager for Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Director of Product Development at Berkshire Corporation and Field Engineering for Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and an MBA from the State University of New York.


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Workshop : High Voltage DC Power for data communication centres

Wednesday October 12, 2011 : 13:00 - 16:30
Chairman : Wim De Kesel (LeGrand, Belgium )
Co-chair : Alex Kwasinski (University of Texas, USA)
Contrbutions : Jean Luc Detrez, Didier Marquet, Hirose Keiichi,  BJ Sonnenberg


Information and Communications Technology (ICT) facilities, such as telephony central offices and data centers, are becoming a significant portion of the electric load in many industrialized developing countries. Moreover, these facilities represent and even larger percentage of the load growth in these countries. Coupled with the increasing weight that ICT facilities have on many countries power infrastructures, energy issues are attracting increasing attention for network operators. If the present trends persist, cost of energy in ICT facilities will surpass the cost of core communications, and data processing and storage hardware. Two fundamental issues affect ICT facilities power supply: relatively low availability and low efficiency. Their solution seems to require exploring important technological alternatives throughout the entire power supply and distribution architecture, from the power input points, passing through the cooling infrastructure, up to the silicon microprocessor point. More specific, DC grids are now a hot topic at INTELEC2011. 

Wim De Kesel (LeGrand, Belgium)
Wim De Kesel started his professional career at Niko, Belgium and became quality director in 1992. He was responsible for the quality system, qualifying development projects, certification, standardisation.In 2006, he started working for Legrand as standardisation officer of the division wiring devices. Shortly after that he also became responsible for coordinating standardisation work in Europe. In 2010 he became Group Vice-President standardisation, responsible for standardisation relevant to all divisions and subsidiaries. Since 2006 he is involved in standardisation in the field of LVDC, as convenor of a WG in Cenelec for plugs and socket-outlets for 400V DC, as convenor of the WG in IEC on electrical accessories for LVDC circuits and as convenor of the IEC SMB SG4, on LVDC distribution systems up to 1500 V DC

Introduction and information about the IEC and its work on LVDC
In 2009, IEC SMB set up a Strategic Group 4 on LVDC distribution systems up to 1500 V DC. The objective of this SG is to address the IEC standardization needs on systems and products to be used with dc voltages up to 1500 V and to indicate to SMB the directions for future standardization in this field. In addition, work is being done in different TC's and SC's of IEC , such as TC23, TC64, ...


de-kesel-bron-03Wim De Kesel
(LeGrand, Belgium)

Hirose Keiichi (NTT, Japan)
Our dependence on ICT systems in our daily lives has increased in recent years. The provision of diverse, uninterrupted services via ICT systems supports economic growth, promotion of the common wealth, prosperity, and a safe and secure life, and is essential to the continuing development of society.

Data centers are special ICT buildings and facilities that support such services, and the number of data centers, including new construction, has increased sharply in developing countries and regions as well as in advanced countries and regions such as Japan, Europe and North America. The rapid expansion in use of ICT via data centers has brought with it an increase in energy consumption in that field, and the effects on the existing power grid, global environment and resources, and social life are steadily increasing.

For not only safety but also economic reasons, some sets of global standards are essential to introduce new a DC power system. Today, there are no international standards. Some activities to study and issue new standards concerning new DC powering, protections, installations, and works are being considered.

The trend in the introduction of 400 VDC power for ICT systems and the effects of that trend are summarized by his presentation.



Hirose Keiichi
(NTT, Japan)

Didier Marquet (Orange Labs, France)
The presentation will give the status of standardization status of ETSI and ITU-T works. It will insists on the more important aspects of the standards in preparation. The ETSI standard is defining the power interface voltage range (260-400Vdc) and many other aspects such as inrush current or transient voltage for telecom/datacom equipment. ITU-T is also defining the voltage interface for this use and maybe extended use, and will provide in addition separate papers on benefits of the DC power feeding system (reliability, resilience and high scalability in DC, low maintenance with modularity, high energy efficiency, space saving, wide temperature range, etc...). Both ETSI and ITU-T highly require now the IEC standards on safety, DC plugs and eventually other aspects such as EMC and DC power supply and installation in 400Vdc.

Didier Marquet has joined France Telecom research center in 1983 as research engineer in the field of Energy. He has developed and generalized the GEODE decentralized modular 48V energy system in France Telecom network and the associated control monitoring network. He has developed optimal sizing for solar PV standalone telecom sites. He is rapporteur in ITU-T of the universal mobile charger standard L.1000 and reduction of e-waste and is chairman in ETSI EE/EE2 where he is currently working on Telecom/Datacom 400Vdc power interface and on energy/cooling control/monitoring based on XML. He is also working on research on ICT service energy/CO2 impact assessment and on new energy solution such as Stirling machine or wireless energy transfer.



didier_marquet2Didier Marquet (Orange Labs, France)

Jean-Luc Detrez (Intel Corporation SA)
Presentation "Reasons to use LVDC in data centres"

Power distribution in a data centre traditionally uses AC. However, electronic devices and their accessories always require DC power, at least internally. As a result, multiple AC to DC and DC to AC conversions occur between the mains connection point and the final load. Eliminating all or some of them would reduce the losses caused by those multiple conversions. New technologies, allowing cost- and energy-efficient DC to DC conversions, as well as local generation systems (e.g. photovoltaic) also suggest that staying in DC for power distribution within the data center would significantly increase energy efficiency, providing the voltage levels are optimized for the power and the distance over which such power must be transferred. LVDC seems to provide the "best of both worlds", between traditional AC distribution used in most data centres and 48 VDC distribution used in telecom centres.

Jean-Luc Detrez holds a master of engineering from the Brussels University. During his 6-year mandate as teaching assistant in the Electrical Engineering Department, he conducted research in cooperation with Virginia Tech and Cornell University. He then successively worked for Wang ITRC, Dialogic Telecom Europe and Intel Corporation, in R&D as well as various positions related to certification and standardization; he is now in charge of the technical standards within Intel's Corporate Products Regulations and Standards. He is active in the Belgian Electrotechnical Committee and many technical committees of IEC, CENELEC, ETSI and Ecma.


jld_00Jean-Luc Detrez
Intel Corporation SA

BJ Sonnenberg (Emerson Network Power, Participating Member of the EMerge Alliance)
Abstract: EMerge Alliance Sponsored Direct DC Power System Standards and Eco-System Development

From early days of electric power generation, distribution and use there's been a debate over what form of power, AC or DC, is best. Edison set the stage for this argument in the late 1800's with his invention of DC powered lighting systems. Tesla's system of AC dynamos, transformers and motors all but stopped the growing use of DC by the turn of the century. With the notable exception of electrified transportation, AC took over the world of electrical power by the mid 1900's. But we are now deep into a new era that will see natively DC electronic equipment, alternate energy generation, electrical power storage and chargeable electric vehicles push the power meter strongly toward DC again. As such, an alarming share of the AC power distributed in buildings (especially in data and telecom centers) has or will be wastefully converted one or more times between AC and DC before it is used.

The presentation will look at the alternative of using (and keeping) DC power in its native form from alternate generation, to distribution, to end use. Discussed will be the motivation and need for new power application standards and the further need and development of an eco-system to support those standards being sponsored by a non-profit, open standard, industry organization called the EMerge Alliance. Also reported will be some practical transformational pathways from our legacy platforms to newer, more reliable, more versatile, safer and more sustainable hybrid AC/DC ones. Finally, a report of the results of several beta sites using various topologies of hybrid DC power distribution will be given.

BJ Sonnenberg graduated from Warsaw Polytechnic Institute (Warsaw , Poland) with a master of science degree in electrical engineering (MSEE). Throughout his carrier BJ held a variety of engineering, product management/product development and marketing management positions with Exide Electronics (today Eaton), Merlin Gerin (today Grouppe Schneider) , Emerson and Magnetek. In his current position of Business Development Manager at Emerson Network Power , BJ is actively involved in development and promotion of DC solutions for Datacom and DC microgrid applications. BJ lives in Raleigh , North Carolina and in his rare free time enjoys gardening and skiing.


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INELEC’s Technical Subcommittees

IEEE has recently established two new technical subcommittees on: 

    1. Information and Communications Technology Facilities Power Technologies (ICT-FPT;
 2. Information and Communication Infrastructure Resistant to Extreme Events (ICIREE)

The activities will give a special dimension to the INTELEC conference in Amsterdam.

Information and Communications Technology Facilities Power Technologies (ICT-FPT)
The main objective of this subcommittee is to support the development of technologies, business strategies, and operational practices for enhanced power supply availability and efficiency in ICT facilities, leading to the development of standards, technical reports, technical papers, best practices, and guidelines. In particular, this subcommittee will support the development of a worldwide unified “high-voltage” dc standard for data centers and other ICT facilities power architectures. In this sense, it is expected that this sub-committee will serve as a forum where different views among various international standard organizations on “high-voltage” dc for data centers will be discussed in order to identify potential barriers that could prevent reaching an unified worldwide standard and where solutions for these barriers will be proposed. Another objective is also to promote further use of renewable and alternative power sources and combined heat and power generations for ICT facilities.

This subcommittee is formed by a broad group of interesting parties, from academia, technical organizations, and industry, including network operators and equipment manufacturers. Both industrial and academic participation is considered to be essential because their combined technical, market oriented, and business based views can help to harmonize common trade offs found when implementing these new solutions for such a complex and extensive environment. This subcommittee will meet annually during INTELEC conferences with the first (kick-off) meeting at INTELEC 2011 in Amsterdam.

This committee is now preparing the workshop “HV DC Power for data communication centres” and session regarding this topic. For more information is referred to the mentioned workshop.
The chairman is Wim De Kesel (Le Grand, Belgium), co-chairman is Alexis Kwasinski. This committee has an official IEEE status and will be in close cooperation with IEC.

Information and Communication Infrastructure Resistant to Extreme Events (ICIREE)
The institution is stimulated strongly by a number of INTELEC/PELS countries. Recent international calamities clarify the urgent need for such a group of experts. This subcommittee will be launched at the next INTELEC conference in Amsterdam. The chairman will be Alexis Kwasinski (University of Texas, USA). He will organize activities on disaster control at the coming INTELEC conference.
The kick-off meeting of this subcommittee will take place at INTEL2011 in Amsterdam.

This subcommittee is formed by a broad group of interesting parties, both from academia and industry, including network operators and equipment manufacturers. This group will meet annually during INTELEC conferences.
You can contact Alexis Kwasinski (akwasins@mail.utexas.edu) for more information om both subcommittees.

alexis_kwasinskiAlexis Kwasinski, Ph.D.

More about: Information and Communication Infrastructure Resistant to Extreme Events (ICIREE)
Reliable communications are considered a fundamental need during and after disasters. As former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan indicated during the 2005 Tampere Convention, “From the mobilization of assistance to the logistics chain, which will carry assistance to the intended beneficiaries, reliable telecommunication links are indispensable.” Moreover, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) recognizes that “in disaster and emergency situations, telecommunications can save lives.” Furthermore, in many nations communication networks and power grids are identified as critical infrastructures for nation's security. Still, significant disruptions in communication networks were observed in many recent events, including the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and Tsunami, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2008 Hurricane Ike, 2010 earthquake and tsunami in Chile, and 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Although outages were extensive after these events, damage to communications infrastructure is geographically distributed in a very inhomogeneous way with significant damage often found in a relative small area and, thus, affecting a relatively small portion of communication networks elements. Thus, communication disruptions after disasters often occur due to two causes: network congestion and power supply issues. Hence, this subcommittee will provide a forum where to invent, realize, and promote solutions to achieve reliable power for communications during disasters. Due to the existing interdependencies between communications and power infrastructures which is expected to increase with the development of smart grids, this subcommittee will contribute to the emergence of a more reliable information and communications networks, and power supply infrastructures.

The main objective of this subcommittee is to expand the understanding of impact of disasters on communication systems infrastructure, particularly power supply, leading to the development of technical reports, technical papers, best practices, and guidelines for improved information and communication networks infrastructure performance during disasters. Hence, some of this group’s activities will include conducting post disaster surveys and studies and issue reports that document lessons learned from these notable studied disasters.

This subcommittee may also serve as a primary resource for providing communication industry with a technical and scientific reference on power issues during disasters, and facilitate reaching consensus on telecom power issues during such events. Hence, it is expected that this group’s activities will support infrastructure adaptation to the development and deployment of transformational technologies, including, but not limited to, distributed generation and energy storage integration into the power grid, smart grids, and IP telephony. Finally, an important goal of this subcommittee is to educate a broad audience ranging from engineering professionals to government representatives and the general public about communication’s infrastructure issues during disasters.

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