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iNEMI Workshop to Focus on Green Electronics
Herndon, VA — The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) is sponsoring the Alternative Energy Workshop October 20-21, 2010, in San Jose, California. This workshop will be held at Cisco Systems' headquarters at 170 West Tasman Drive, San Jose, and will focus on the technology challenges and

standardization gaps that are affecting deployment of alternative energies and identify issues that can best be solved by the electronics industry working in cooperation with the energy sector.

"Major investments are being made in green energy technologies and, while we've seen significant progress, there are still major cost, technology and infrastructure challenges to be addressed," said Bill Bader, CEO of iNEMI. "iNEMI's focus is primarily in the `balance of plant,' meaning those system elements surrounding the energy conversion core, and in standardization opportunities, such as assembly, testing, reliability evaluation and similar areas of commonality. These are the areas where we believe an integrated collaborative electronics industry can add the greatest value." In this workshop, iNEMI plans to:

  • Identify areas where the electronics industry can have the greatest impact on closing alternative energy technology gaps.
  • Within those selected areas, identify standardization issues and technology needs best solved by consortial activities.
  • Form action groups to propose and execute the required collaborative programs.
    The two-day event, hosted by Cisco on its San Jose campus, will include speakers representing diverse green energy technologies including wind, solar (PV, CPV, CSP), smart grid, energy storage/power conditioning, and solid-state lighting.

    Break-out working groups will discuss key issues and brainstorm ideas for addressing those issues.

    Some of the speakers and their topics include:

  • Wind power — Ashis Bhattacharya, group vice president, Moog: blade control.
  • Energy storage/power conditioning — Steve Rhoades, CEO, Satcon: alternative energy inverters.
  • Photovoltaics — Jeff Doubrava, managing partner, Prismark Partners: PV segment forecast; Greg Steele, vice president of operations, Enphase Energy: microinverters for PV; Matthias Heinze, director of technology, TUV: reliability challenges of PV.
  • Smart grid — Allen Hefner, Jr., NIST: smart grid standards.
  • Solid state lighting — Jy Bhardwaj, vice president, technology and R&D, Philips Lumileds: solid state lighting technology challenges.

Contact: iNEMI, 2214 Rock Hill Road, Suite 110, Herndon, VA 20170-4214 703-834-0330 fax: 703-834-2735 Web:

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