Three professional societies sponsor second annual conference on Power Electronics for Distributed & Cogeneration

CORONA, Calif., Feb. 4, 2005 — The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) have all become Endorsing Sponsors of the second annual conference on Power Electronics for Distributed and Cogeneration (PEDAC ’05) to be held June 27-29 at the Sheraton Detroit-Novi, Michigan.

PEDAC ’05 is the only event focusing on issues critical to the commercial deployment of advanced distributed and cogeneration technologies. Distributed and cogeneration (DCG) systems are a growing segment of the electric utility industry and power electronics is a key enabling technology for the successful commercialization of DCG. Industries are positioning for this new paradigm in energy. Darnell Group projects that the value of the power electronics used in DCG systems will exceed $5 billion annually within five years. PEDAC ’05 is co-sponsored by Darnell Group, PowerPulse.Net and NextEnergy.

“We strongly believe that commercial development of distributed and cogeneration technologies will strengthen not only the energy security of our country, but will also directly result in new engineering employment and produce growth in the manufacturing sector,” stated Jeff Shepard, President of Darnell Group. “The endorsement of PEDAC ’05 by these well-respected professional societies is a strong indication of the importance being placed on the successful commercial development of advanced electricity generation technologies,” Shepard concluded.

This three-day international conference will serve an audience of decision makers who are interested in learning about and contributing to the latest commercial advancements and anticipated future developments related to power electronics for DCG systems. Delegates are expected to include: power conversion company executives and engineers, utility and energy company professionals and engineers, component and energy suppliers, alternative energy equipment executives and engineers, distributed power system professionals and engineers, research and development professionals and industry/financial analysts.

The PEDAC ’05 Advisory Committee includes representatives from National Institute for Advanced Industrial and Science Technology (Japan), American Electric Power, Ballard, California Alliance for Distributed Energy Resources, DTE Energy, Hyundai-Enova, Institute for Defense Analysis, Lively Utility, Magnetek, NextEnergy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Power Quality Solutions, Philips, SatCon, Sustainable Energy, Transistor Devices, and Xantrex.

About Darnell Group

Darnell Group is the leading source for worldwide strategic information covering the full spectrum of power electronics, energy storage and generation. The company specializes in the economic/business analysis of emerging power markets and technologies. Complete information on PEDAC ’05 is available at:


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