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Masterclasses

Masterclass Locations

 
Masterclass 1 – Potomac 3
Masterclass 2 – Potomac 3
Masterclass 3 – Potomac 4
Masterclass 4 – Room 408
Masterclass 5 – Room 408
 

These five optional expert-led masterclasses are interactive consultancy sessions. At each masterclass you will have the chance to handle many samples, and take away printed copies of presentations. They will ensure you get the most from the conference and leave you with answers to your questions.

Tuesday November 6
Morning: 9am - 12pm
Afternoon - please note that 2 and 3 run at the same time: 2pm - 5pm
Friday November 9
Morning: 9am - 12pm
Afternoon: 2pm - 5pm

1
 

Tuesday November 6
Introduction to Energy Harvesting for Small Electronic Devices

Leader

Dr Harry Zervos
Technology Analyst
IDTechEx Ltd

Speaker

Mr Jim Bierschenk
Marlow Industries

Energy harvesting is the generation of electricity from the environment, which can be used to power electronic and electric devices. Different technologies can be employed depending on the energy source. For movement, mechanical harvesters can be used (which can work from electrostatic, piezoelectric and electromagnetic movement). Other energy sources include light, heat, EM transmission, biological energy sources and more. Some versions are now even printed. Coupled with new forms of energy storage and lower power electronics, these energy harvesters can negate the need for small batteries in many applications enabling new markets, such as wireless sensors that last for decades or charging of consumer electronics devices.

This masterclass covers all the technologies involved, how they work, and appraisal of their strengths and weaknesses, relative costs and development paths. Case studies and paybacks are referenced. The leading developers are given as are market needs and ten year IDTechEx forecasts by technology, application and territory. It gives you the big picture from an unbiased viewpoint based on years of extensive global research conducted by IDTechEx.

2
 

Tuesday November 6
Wireless Sensor Networks, RTLS and Active RFID

Leader

Dr. Peter Harrop
Chairman
IDTechEx Ltd

Speaker

Mr Ross Yu
Product Manager
Linear Technology

Speaker

Ed Nabrotzky
Omni-ID

This masterclass covers the technology and markets for Active RFID, RTLS and WSN and other forms, and where they are going over the next ten years. It addresses:

  • Different types of Active RFID system, their cost structure and advantages and disadvantages for each choice.
  • Traditional Active RFID, RFID enabled cellphones, Smart Active Labels/ Battery Assisted Passive tags, Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) and Wireless/Ubiquitous Sensor Networks (USN): technology choices and appraisal, markets, standards.
  • System Infrastructure
  • The largest orders and case studies by key market verticals.
  • Lessons of success and failure.
  • Application drivers
  • Trends and market size by territory and application type, now and in the future until 2022.
  • Challenges to tackle and analysis of early adopters.

3
 

Tuesday November 6
Energy Storage: Batteries and Supercapacitors

Leader

Dr Harry Zervos
Technology Analyst
IDTechEx Ltd

Leader

Franco Gonzalez
Technology Analyst
IDTechEx Ltd

Speaker

Mr Joe Keating
Sr. Director, Infinite Power Solutions

Speaker

Dr Andrew F
Burke

UC Davis

This masterclass assesses the options for energy storage, looking at the range of batteries and supercapacitors, their relative strengths, weaknesses, costs and roadmaps. Over the last 100 years battery technology has fallen far behind the rate of development seen by other technologies but that is now changing thanks to urgent requirements such as energy harvesting and electric vehicles.

This masterclass covers:

  • Battery technologies - chemistries, current collectors, performance benchmarked, manufacture, design considerations
  • Supercapacitor technologies - structure, materials, performance benchmarked
  • Application of batteries and supercapacitors, case study assessment
  • Developments with flexible, transparent, printable etc batteries and supercapacitors
  • Leading providers, users, value chain
  • Market Forecasts 2012-2022
4
 

Friday November 9
Photovoltaics: Technologies, Markets, Progress

Leader

Dr Harry Zervos
Technology Analyst
IDTechEx Ltd

Speaker

Mr Rami Friedlander
Business Development
Sol Chip Ltd

This masterclass is designed to give an overall picture of photovoltaic technologies, from basic principles all the way to current advances, in addition to commercial trends, considerations and forecasts. The masterclass is structured as follows:

  • Photovoltaics: basic principles and operation.
  • Photovoltaic technology assessment, players, market focus: covering organic and hybrid organic/inorganic photovoltaics, dye-sensitized solar cells, thin film technologies (e.g. amorphous silicon, CdTe, CIGS), III-V/ II-VI multijunctions, crystalline silicon.
  • Latest new applications and case studies.
  • Progress with PV over the past decade - sales, subsidies, other trends and drivers.
  • Market analysis with ten year forecasts to 2022.
5
 

Friday November 9
Electric Vehicles: Markets, Opportunities, Energy Storage, Infrastructure

Leader

Dr. Peter Harrop
Chairman
IDTechEx Ltd

Leader

Franco Gonzalez
Technology Analyst
IDTechEx Ltd

Speaker

Dr Andrew F
Burke

UC Davis

This masterclass addresses the latest progress with electric vehicles and includes the relevance of small and mid scale energy harvesters and storage with vehicles. Electric vehicles are the future of automotive transport and there is a gold rush to create the energy storage solutions to enable this. Commercial and academic activities are covered as are the impediments and opportunities. It addresses the options of energy storage for electric and hybrid vehicles, looking at the companies involved, roadmaps of battery technology, and activities of automotive companies.

The different types of electric vehicles are covered, along with charging infrastructure, drivers (technology, government and consumer). It explains the types of hybrid electric vehicle and the types of pure electric vehicle with pros and cons and explains how they are converging in specification and what that means for batteries and other components such as ultracapacitors and supercabatteries.

We look at other key components and the problems and opportunities posed by the way they behave. See how disruptive technologies are going to challenge the legacy thinking that a battery has to be a bulky lump of material with water cooling, because that shape overheats. See how the one big motor is also migrating to electric corner units and even in-wheel motors. Learn why circuit boards loaded with components will be replaced by printed electronics and electrics, including printed lighting and displays and fabric electronics. Question the legacy thinking that a hybrid has to have a conventional gasoline engine when monoblock custom mini ICE engines are leading to monoblock microturbines and learn the pros and cons. The full value chain is given and all types of vehicles - land, sea and air are considered. Opportunities are assessed as are areas that are facing a shake-out. Ten year forecasts are given by vehicle type and energy storage technology.