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SMi's inaugural Military Power conference will explore recent developments in power systems and techniques.  It will examine the latest research and programmes in power technology, from fuel cells to alternative power sources, whilst also considering future challenges, and how these can be resolved.

In analysing the latest developments in tactical power and recent national experiences, Military Power will provide a tremendous platform for discussion, and will provide a clear idea of the current issues surrounding tactical power. 

A diverse speaker line-up includes:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John "Mike" Phillips, Chief, Power Division, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Dr Ed Andrukaitis, Project Manager, Advanced Electrical Power Sources, Defence R&D Canada, Department of National Defence, Canada
  • Yann Trehen, Power Systems Technical Programme Manager, DGA/SPART/AST, Délégué Général pour l’Armament
  • Robin van Heijster, Chief Scientist, Defence, Security and Safety, TNO
  • Dr Ausilio Bauen, Research Fellow, Imperial College London


Military Power will allow delegates to:

  • ASSESS up-to-date information regarding the latest trends in propulsion
  • EVALUATE the latest technology being developed world-wide
  • ANALYSE past experiences and lessons learnt
  • EXAMINE possibilities and prospects for future research
  • NETWORK with leading industry experts and personnel

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr John Economou

Dr John Economou, Lecturer, Power and Drive Systems Group,Defence College of Management and Technology, Cranfield University

9:10 INTRODUCTION TO MILTARY POWER SYSTEMS

Dr Patrick Wheeler

Dr Patrick Wheeler, Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham

  • The state-of-the-art in power systems
  • What is new?
  • What do we need to pay attention to?
  • 9:50 A FRENCH PROGRAMME PERSPECTIVE

    Yann Trehen

    Yann Trehen, Technical Programme Manager, Power Systems, DGA/SPART/AST, Ministry of Defence, France

  • Overview
  • Techniques
  • The use of batteries and micro fuel cells
  • Developing new technologies for future needs
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 REDUCING THE NEED FOR NEW BATTERY TECHOLOGY

    Rob van Heijster

    Rob van Heijster, Chief Scientist, System Integration, Observation Systems, TNO

  • The problem with high power consumption
  • Minimising such consumption
  • Eliminating the need for large batteries
  • Key technologies
  • 11:40 SPECTRO

    Joern Tinnemeyer

    Joern Tinnemeyer, Manager, Research and Development, Cadex Electronics

  • Testing lead acid batteris
  • Quickly determining battery cranking and capacity
  • Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  • Current results
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 STREAM SESSIONS - Click here to view

    Dr Patrick Luk

    Dr Patrick Luk, Head, Cranfield University

    Dr Michel Broussely

    Dr Michel Broussely, Scientific Advisor, Special Battery Group, SAFT

    Michel Grimm

    Michel Grimm, Application Service Manager, Lithium Battery Division, Saft

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr John Economou

    Dr John Economou, Lecturer, Power and Drive Systems Group,Defence College of Management and Technology, Cranfield University

    9:10 SATISFYING SOLDIER SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    Dr Ed Andrukaitis

    Dr Ed Andrukaitis, Project Manager, Advanced Electrical Power Sources, Defence R&D Canada, Department of National Defence, Canada

  • Overview
  • Satisfying soldier system requirements
  • Challenges and possible solutions
  • Looking ahead
  • 9:50 ANSWERING THE CHALLENGES OF THE FUTURE SOLDIER

    Jean-François Cousseau

    Jean-François Cousseau, Lithium-Ion Technical Manager, SAFT

  • High grade rechargeable battery technology
  • Integrating the battery into the bigger system
  • Impact on the soldier’s autonomy, versatility and agility
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 ROADMAP FOR THE US AIR FORCE

    Lieutenant Colonel John M. Phillips

    Lieutenant Colonel John M. Phillips, Chief, Power Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, US Air Force

  • Introduction
  • US Air Force long term aims in power technology
  • Aircraft power requirements and initiatives
  • Implications for the Air Force
  • 11:40 SPECIAL PANEL DISCUSSION

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 GAS TURBINE TECHNOLOGY

    David Warriner

    David Warriner, Director, Rolls Royce PLC

    14:30 PULSED POWER TECHNOLOGY

    Dr Bucur M. Novac

    Dr Bucur M. Novac, Senior Lecturer, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University

  • Introduction
  • Compact and ultra compact pulsed power technology
  • Explosively driven pulsed power systems
  • Magnetic insulation
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 ELECTROMAGNETIC TECHNOLOGY

    Dr Ian R. McNab

    Dr Ian R. McNab, Director, Electromagnetic Systems Division, Institute for Advanced Technologies, The University of Texas at Austin

  • Overview and visions
  • Fundamental principles
  • Research
  • Applications
  • Conclusions
  • 16:20 FUTURE ENERGY SOURCES

    Dr Ausilio Bauen

    Dr Ausilio Bauen, Research Fellow, Imperial College London

  • The present situation
  • Developments
  • Modes of improvement
  • Looking to future sources
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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