By Paul O’Shea
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Capacitors Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2013 titled “Advances in Capacitors and Ultracapacitors for Power Electronics.” The session will take place Wednesday, March 20th, 2013, from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach California, and will feature experts from capacitor companies that serve the power electronics industries, including ECI, CDE, NWL, JME, and KEMET. The presentations will cover the new developments for major capacitor dielectrics and their roles in power electronics.
Metallizing advances in metallized polypropylene capacitors, the doubling of voltage in polymer tantalum and aluminum capacitors, the doubling of voltage in ac-film capacitors, and the introduction of new high-performance ultracapacitors have dramatically expanded the contribution of capacitors in power electronics. However, capacitor design is often less-than-familiar terrain for power electronics engineers. The session will help attendees gain a better understanding of various component configurations and factors shaping capacitor component technologies. By attending the sessions, OEMs designers, system designers, and component developers will become more aware of new options, therefore helping component developers to provide more effective configurations and system designers to better optimize their power electronics.