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CPE2024 – Centre for Power Electronics Annual Conference: 8 – 9 July 2024

The Centre for Power Electronics Annual Conference will be an In Person Event held from 8 – 9th July 2024 at the Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle, NE1 8QH

The Centre for Power Electronics (CPE) Annual Conference will bring together the Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Community to review the latest Research and Development that will impact the Electric Revolution. This Conference will feature Invited Keynotes and Presentations from Leading Academics and Industrialists, views of the Future Demands for Power Electronics and Drives and hearing about the latest research advances from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Electric Propulsion and other Students and Post Doctoral Researchers.

The Conference will be run over 2 days to provide a comprehensive review of status of Power Electronics Research and Development, including topics selected from:

  • Semiconductor and Passive Devices
  • Packaging and Interconnection
  • Converters, Drives and Applications
  • Control, Test and Reliability

Provisional Conference Programme – subject to amendment

Monday 8 July 2024Day 1
09:30Registration, Set-Up and Networking
10:15Welcome, Introduction to Centre for Power Electronics Annual Conference and Sponsor IntroductionsProfessor Volker Pickert, Conference Chair, Newcastle University
Professor Xibo Yuan, Director of CPE
10:45Keynote Presentation 1: Power Electronics - Key Enabling Technology to Realising the Energy Transition
Professor Rik De Doncker, Aachen University, Germany
11:30Lecture 1: Challenges to Reduce the Size of Industrial DrivesRichard Gibson, NIDEC/CT - Industrial Drives
12:00Lecture 2: Wireless Power Transfer Techniques for Smart Home and Mobile Applications
Dr Haimeng Wu, Northumbria University
12:30Break - Lunch and Networking
13:30Lecture 3: The Next Generation of High Voltage Power Electronics: Opportunities for Gallium OxideProfessor Martin Kuball, University of Bristol
14:00Lecture 4: Integrated Motor Drives: State of the Art, Challenges and Emerging Technologies
Dr Daisy Deng, Newcastle University
14:30Exhibitor Introductions
15:00Poster and Exhibition Session
15:45Refreshments and Networking
16:15Lecture 5: Sustainable Electric Vehicle Stations: An Introduction to the Future Electric Vehicle Energy Networks Supporting Renewables (FEVER) Research ProjectProfessor Martin Foster, University of Sheffield
16:45Optional Tour of Electrical Power Laboratory
18:00Social Event/BBQCivic Centre
Tuesday 9 July 2024Day 2
08:45Registration and Networking
09:10Welcome and Introduction to Day 2, including Power Electronics UK and Innovate UK updatesProfessor Volker Pickert, Newcastle University and Paul Taylor - PE-UK
09:30Keynote Presentation 2: Thermal Modelling and Analysis of Power Electronics Modules for Optimal Power Converter Design and ControlProfessor Marco Liserre, University of Kiel, Germany
10:15PhD Student Presentations sponsored by the Centre for Doctoral Training on Sustainable Electric PropulsionIntroduced by Professor Volker Pickert, Newcastle University
11:30Morning Break: Refreshments and Networking
12:00Poster and Exhibition Session
12:45Lunch Break - Exhibition and Networking
13:45Lecture 6: Towards Zero Emissions Electric Aircraft through Superconducting DC Distribution NetworkProfessor Xiaoze Pei, University of Bath
14:15Lecture 7: Reliability Assessment of Trench SiC Power MOSFETSDr Saeed Jahdi, University of Bristol
14:45Lecture 8: Power Electronics in Fusion Power Supply SystemsFinlay Christie, UK-AEA
15:15Summary, Prizes, CPE 2025 and Thanks
15:30End of Conference

Details about the Newcastle Civic Centre can be found HERE.

Training Workshop on Power Electronics from Semiconductor Device Fabrication to Application at Newcastle University – Wednesday 10 July 2024

The Centre for Power Electronics (CPE) and IMAPS-UK are organising a full-day Training Workshop after the Power Electronics from Semiconductor Device Fabrication to Application to provide an introductory understanding of the design, manufacture and test of power electronics devices, components and modules that form the basis of the Electric Revolution.

Please visit the Training Workshop Power Electronics from Semiconductor Device Fabrication to Application Event Page to book this event.

Sponsors of CPE 2024

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Driving the Electric Revolution – Industrialisation Centres

Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres (DER-IC) are a UK-wide network of over 30 Universities and Research and Technology Organisations (RTO).

DER-IC’s mission is to grow UK manufacturing in Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD).

By using DER-IC network equipment and capability, supply chain partners can develop and verify manufacturing process and product performance ahead of capital investment, reduce cost and risk of new product introduction, and achieve a faster time to market.

DER-IC facilitates targeted introductions to expedite access to the most relevant researchers, engineers and capability across the partner network.
DER-IC was established in 2020. The funding was provided through UK Research and Innovation’s Challenge Fund delivered by Innovate UK. Part of this investment established the DER-IC network, led by Newcastle University and operating from regional centres in the North East, the Midlands, the South West and Wales, and Scotland.

DER-IC supports industry with capabilities that include:

  • Power semiconductor packaging, and device electrical and thermal test
  • Prototype Manufacture and Scale-up Support
  • Material and Component Characterisation
  • In-Process and End-of-Line Test and Validation
  • Manufacturing Process Development and Optimisation
  • Product and Manufacturing Equipment Design
  • Electrification Skills Learning and Development

Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Electric Propulsion

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Electric Propulsion is a collaboration led by two of the largest research groups in electric propulsion within the UK. The CDT is led by Professor Volker Pickert from the Electrical Power Group at Newcastle University and is Co-Directed by Professor Mark Johnson from the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group at University of Nottingham.

The CDT offers a unique training experience to its students to develop a new school of thinking to solve problems by offering revolutionary new training methods. The students are based within five cohorts and have a variety of backgrounds from disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, chemical and marine engineering.


QPT has developed the next generation of motor controllers (VFD), based around ultra-fast GaN transistors which are dramatically more efficient than today’s Silicon or SiC devices. This reduces heat waste by three quarters over the most efficient conventional drive – meaning not just less waste and lower CO2 emissions but longer range in cars, less weight in heatsinks and cooling systems, etc. There are other benefits too: the QPT system is significantly smaller, it eliminates both acoustic and electric noise, improved reliability etc.

The first product QPT has developed is an industrial drive: 400V/7.5kW, hard-switching with 1MHz PWM and pure sine output (very high efficiency integrated sine filter). The company is developing range of other drives, including higher power.

All Sponsorship places for CPE 2024 are now taken.

Exhibitors at CPE 2024

The following organisations will be exhibiting at the Conference: (click on Company Name for weblink)

  • Accelonix – supplies & supports a broad portfolio of equipment used for Power Semiconductor, Microelectronics and PCB Assembly.
  • Carl Zeiss – Imaging Solutions for the Semiconductor and Electronics market
  • Charcroft Electronics – Specialist distributor of passives, interconnect, power, magnetics, optoelectronics and electromechanical components
  • Cupio Ltd – Innovative Inspection, Production and Test Solutions
  • Custom Interconnect Ltd (CIL) – Electronics Manufacturing, Advanced Technologies, Design Services, Power Electronics for BEVs/PHEVs, Box Build and Rapid Prototypes
  • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) – EPSRC CDT in ReNU is a collaborative doctoral training centre led by Northumbria University and co-located with Durham and Newcastle universities, aimed at cultivating highly skilled doctoral graduates to spearhead innovation in small-scale renewable and sustainable distributed energy.
  • ETPS Ltd – specialise in programmable power supplies and test systems, catering for almost any DC or AC power, voltage or current requirement.
  • Inseto (UK) Ltd – technical distributor of equipment, materials and adhesives used in the assembly of power electronics devices.
  • Julabo (UK) Ltd – is a high-quality, family owned, German, manufacturer of fluid-based temperature control units from -92C to +400C and we cover many market sectors from Automotive and Aerospace to Chemistry, Pharma and Chemical
  • PPM Power – Power Electronics, Power Supplies, Test and Systems
  • Rohde and Schwarz UK Ltd – Test and Measurement Solutions for Power Electronics Design
  • Siemens Digital Industrial Software – is an innovation and technology leader that helps its customers in their digital transformation journey by streamlining processes, automating repetitive tasks and eliminating manual work, leading to increased efficiency and productivity.
  • Tektronix – We are the measurement insight company committed to performance, and compelled by possibilities. Tektronix designs and manufactures test and measurement solutions to break through the walls of complexity, and accelerate global innovation.
  • Teledyne GmbH – Le Croy Division – is a leading provider of oscilloscopes, protocol analyzers and related test and measurement solutions that enable companies across a wide range of industries to design and test electronic devices of all types.

Exhibit at CPE 2024

All Exhibition places are now taken. If you are interested in being placed on a reserve list, please e-mail the IMAPS-UK Office.

Registration for CPE 2024 Delegates

Registration for CPE 2024 is open below.

  • Industrial and Academic Delegate: £150 Book Ticket CPE24-01
  • IMAPS-UK (and IMAPS Worldwide) Member and Member of CDT Affiliated Organisation: £125 – Book Ticket CPE24-02
  • Student (PhD and Undergraduate): £100 – Book Ticket CPE24-03
  • Student (PhD and Undergraduate) with Poster Submission: £70 – Book Ticket CPE24-04
  • One Day Attendance* – Industrial and Academic Delegate: £120 Book Ticket CPE24-09
  • One Day Attendance* – IMAPS-UK (and IMAPS Worldwide) Member and Member of CDT Affiliated Organisation: £95 – Book Ticket CPE24-08

* – Please contact the IMAPS-UK secretariat office (address below) to indicate which day you are intending to attend (Monday 8 or Tuesday 9 July).

Travel Fund for PhD and Undergraduate Students – Open for Application

The CPE organising team is pleased to announce that some funds are available to support economy rail travel costs for UK-based PhD students attending the CPE Annual Conference 2024, subject to an eligible case being submitted by PhD and Undergraduate Supervisors. The Supervisor will need to e-mail the CPE Office to confirm that their student does not have access to institutional funds to cover travel costs. Applications will be responded to as soon as possible.

Registration details will be shared with the Centre for Power Electronics Office, please e-mail the IMAPS-UK Office, if you have any objections to this.


I confirm that my name and institution/organisation can be included in the attendee list in the delegate pack.

Please e-mail the IMAPS-UK Office if you have an objection to the above consent.


Accommodation can be booked (depending on availability) through the following link CPE/CDT Conference Accommodation Website.

Accommodation costs are not included in the CPE24 Conference Ticket costs and are to be paid separately.

Cancellation Policy

Please click on Cancellation Policy for information on cancellations for bookings


For further information, please contact:

IMAPS-UK Secretariat
Telephone: + 44 (0)131 202 9004

Book Event Tickets

When booking the event, please ensure that the Delegate Name is included on the booking form, if you are not the person attending. Please note that the person booking the event will be the only person who will have access to event booking history and be able to download any event materials .


Ticket Type Price Spaces
CPE24-01: Industry and Academic Delegate £150.00
CPE24-02: IMAPS Member and Member of CDT affiliated organisations £125.00
CPE24-03: Student (PhD and Undergraduate) £100.00
CPE24-04: Student (PhD and Undergraduate) with Poster Submission £70.00
CPE24-08 One Day Attendance IMAPS Member and Member of CDT affiliated organisation £95.00
CPE24-09 - One Day Industry and Academic Delegate £120.00
CPE 24-10 Organisers, Speakers and Concessions £0.00

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Date(s) - 08/07/2024 - 09/07/2024
12:00 am

Newcastle Civic Centre
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