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APEC 2022 Returns to the Real World After Two Years in Cyberspace

Dec. 28, 2021
APEC gambles it will be able to return to an in-person show after two years of COVID-induced virtual events.

This article is part of the APEC 2022 issue.

During the days of the Wild West, Texas had a reputation for being home to some of the nation's richest cattle barons and shrewdest gamblers. So, it's no surprise that the city of Houston is betting that the worst of the latest COVID outbreak will be behind us by March 20-24, 2022. That’s when the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) returns to an in-person format, following two years of COVID-induced exile in cyberspace.

Held at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center, APEC will treat its attendees to a jam-packed five day program of technical sessions, industry sessions, seminars, exhibits, and other industry events.

Five Days of Innovation

The technical program presentations are held from Tuesday morning through Thursday afternoon. These sessions feature peer-reviewed papers that cover all areas of technical interest for the practicing power electronics professional. Topics include:

  • Resonant DC-DC Converters
  • Modeling & Simulation of Power Electronics Systems
  • Power Electronic Converters for Renewable Energy Systems
  • Power Converters for Utility Applications
  • Design of Wireless Power Transfer Systems
  • Design Techniques for Wide Bandgap Power Modules
  • Transportation Power Conversion

Papers with a more specialized focus are available for discussion with the authors at the dialogue sessions. These sessions cover many areas of technical interest to the practicing power electronics professional. These papers provide practical design insights that you can apply in your work immediately. You can view the dialogue session program here.

The Industry Sessions schedule runs in parallel with the traditional Technical Sessions track and features a wide range of practical topics in power electronics from noted industry players. Highlights include:

  • Wide-Bandgap Bidirectional Switches & Key Applications
  • Addressing Gate Driver Design Challenges
  • Driving and Protecting SiC and GaN with an Isolated Gate Driver in EV Inverter Applications
  • Gate Oscillations in SiC MOSFETs and Mitigations

APEC's return to the non-virtual world also signals the return of its highly popular RAP Sessions, which, as always, feature exciting and contentious topics. Held live during the conference, RAP Sessions allow for energetic, open dialogue between attendees and presenters. This year's RAP topics include:

  • Switch Capacitor vs. Inductor Based Technologies
  • AI Based Power Electronics Design vs. Conventional Power Electronics Design
  • Magnetics in IC vs. Magnetics in PCB vs. Power Supply in Magnetics

Schmooze in Space

Attendees also can enjoy APEC's legendary hospitality at an evening of networking and reconnecting with old friends at its famous Wednesday Night Social Event, held this year at the Houston Spaceflight Center and catered by Wolfgang Puck. The event includes admission to all of the Center's exhibits, and the opportunity to toast your colleagues in the shadow of the Space Shuttle.

Lodgings and Registration

APEC 2022 has two host hotels—the Hilton Americas-Houston and the Marriott Marquis—where discounted hotel rates have been secured. To make your hotel reservations, you must first register yourself and your staff for the conference. APEC’s contracted reservation links will be sent via your automatic registration confirmation email. Click here for more information about hotel options.

Registration for APEC 2022 is open now. You can save on registration costs with the Early Bird discount until January 24, 2022. Click here to register for APEC 2022.

Read more articles in the APEC 2022 issue.

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