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Scientific Prize

Thierry Meynard was elevated IEEE fellow of the Industrial Electronics Society (distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation) for contribution to the invention and development of series and parallel multilevel converters for Medium and Low Voltage applications.

Thierry Meynard, co-invented the Multilevel Flying Capacitor topology which is one of the fundamental topologies that made possible to build Medium Voltage Drives (typ. 1-10kV, 1-10 MW) using series-connection of semiconductors with a lower voltage rating. He was also the first one to analyze the natural balance that is inherent in these systems and that is a key feature to allow these converters to become industrial products.

Directeur de Recherches CNRS at the LAPLACE, associate director of the national program 3DPHI (3-Dimensional Power Hybrid Integration) and co-founder and part time consultant of the start-up Power Design Technologies Thierry Meynard is co-inventor of several topologies of multilevel converter used by Alstom, ABB, Schneider Electric, Cirtem and General Electric : ‘Flying capacitor’, ‘Stacked MultiCell’, ‘5LANPC’.

Projet HASTECS : the more electrical aircraft

In the framework of H2020 Horizon, the HASTECS (Hybrid Aircraft ; Academic reSearch on Thermal and Electrical Components and Systems) project belongs to the cleansky project which aims at reducing emitted pollution especially CO2/NOx emissions and noises. HASTECS aims at supporting the demonstration of hybrid propulsion aircraft by means of models and tools development that can help the designers in assessing main benefits of architectures and power management of hybrid electric propulsion

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The wings of the future

To build airplane wings like the bird’s one : it’s the target of researchers form LAPLACE, IMFT and Airbus. They use electroactive morphing , piezoelectric materials and real time feedback loops. See what will be the airplane of tomorrow on the CNRS Website


ESARS 2016

The Organizing Committe is pleased to announce the edition of the internatiional Conference on Electrical Systems fir Aircraft, Railway, Ship Propulsion and Road Vehicles) ESARS 2016 which will be held in Toulouse in November 2016 .

The aim of the Conference is to promote a Forum, where people involved with electrical systems problems may compare their experiences and present solutions found for actual and further requirements.

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