Keynote lectures

Wednesday 3rd December – Keynote lecture

ESPOSA – Efficient Systems and Propulsion for Small Aircraft
ESPOSA is an international research project under 7th Framework Programme of the EU with participation of 41 partners from 15 countries.

Abstract: The goal of the ESPOSA is to develop new key components for small gas turbine engines and to develop new lean manufacture technologies. The project will also deal with engine related systems that will contribute to the overall propulsion unit efficiency, safety and pilot workload reduction. New engine component technologies will be backed by novel modern electronic engine control based on COTS (Component off-the-shelf), pioneering the engine health monitoring for small engines and providing advanced, more electric solutions for fuel and propeller control systems. The project also addresses problematic design areas connected with turboprop/turboshaft engine installations into airframe.

Friday 5th December – Keynote lecture

Integration of renewable energy sources and electric mobility (storage) in DC networks and future DC transmission grid
Pavol Bauer, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Biography: Pavol Bauer received his Masters in Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Kosice (‘85), Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology (’95) and title prof. from the president of Czech Republic at the Brno University of Technology (2008). Since 1990 he is with Delft University of Technology, currently holding position of a head of DC systems and Storage group. From 2002 to 2003 he was working partially at KEMA (Arnhem) on different projects related to power electronics applications in power systems. P. Bauer published over 70 journal and 330 conference papers in his field (with H factor 22), he is an author or co-author of 6 books, he holds international patents and organized several tutorials at the international conferences. He has worked on many projects for industry concerning wind power, power electronic applications for power systems such as Smarttrafo etc. and participated in several Leonardo da Vinci EU projects as project partner (ELINA, INETELE, E-Pragmatic) and coordinator (, SustEner). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, former chairman of Benelux IEEE Joint IAS/PELS/PES chapter, member of the Power Electronics and Motion Control (EPE-PEMC) council, Member of the Executive Committee of European Power Electronics Association (EPE) and also member of international steering committee at numerous conferences.

Abstract: DC versus AC connection for integration of renewable energy sources and storage (Electric Vehicles) is addressed in the presentation. Several examples of DC grids and systems with high efficiency will be shown. Development of power electronics technology for DC grids and challenges , solutions and challenges for Electric mobility (charging with renewable energy, inductive charging) related to smart cities are suggested. DC systems and (micro) grids for integration of Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Storage in applications such as smart (green) cities; electric mobility; utilization, reliability and controllability of DC grids are briefly discussed. HV/MV DC Transmission Networks for large scale implementation of Renewable Energy Sources (solar, wind, wave), optimization and controllability of HVDC transmission grids are addressed too.