When electricity was just beginning to become a major force in mainstream society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ (IEEE) strived to be the world’s leading provider of scientific information on energy. Through specialized research, development, design and distribution of electric energy systems, IEEE has become the largest non-profit association for electrical engineers in the world.
IEEE continues to provide publications about advancements in electric technologies and host annual conferences for its 395,000 members in 160 countries. This year the 2011 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, GreeningDetroit.com being the media sponsor, was held in Detroit’s Renaissance Center from July 24 – July 28, and was focused on the Electrification of Transportation & Grid of the Future.
This year’s meeting had a particular focus on the importance of shifting the country’s energy infrastructure to support a Smart Grid system. The current energy grid system is outdated and has been in place for decades. Energy is being inefficiently distributed using the current grid system and has become an expense on both the economy and the environment. The new smart grid will use digital meters and advanced technology to allow for direct communication between homes and energy companies. A national grid system would provide users with real-time utility information and allow for the proper dispersal of energy in the future.
The IEEE General Meeting offered a multitude of technical sessions, networking events, and committee meetings for its members. In partnership with showcased portable solar energy-generating unit called the “Sunblazer”, the IEEE developed trailer is packed with six polar panels that unfold to collect sunlight and charge 40 small “Home Kit” battery units. The Sunblazer is designed to bring electricity to towns not reached by government utilities that will provide an innovative answer to one of the world’s greatest energy challenges.
With worldwide initiatives and outreach, the IEEE event drew a large multi-national crowd of practicing power engineers, executives, policy makers, teachers and media. The conference’s strong attendance only further demonstrates the organization’s ongoing commitment to reshaping the future of the power and energy industry.
Assissted Reporting by: Robert Mattler, Green Agent Man
Author: Daniel Edelson, representing GreeningDetroit.com