Energy is everywhere in the environment surrounding us — available in the form of thermal energy, light (solar) energy, wind energy, and mechanical energy. Existing and developing generating energy systems typically in the range 1kW to 2MW for use in different branches are the topic of the MET 2008. „Micro Energy Technology – Power To Go“ will give leading industrial enterprises, research institutes, policy-makers, venture capitalists and end users the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in energy harvesting, energy storage and power management, and network with top executives and technical professionals. We live in an age of an increasing demand for mobility and availability.
Even in transit, we generate data by means of cell phones, laptop computers, digital or video cameras and the data are supposed to be processed and communicated instantly. The integration density of the various functional units is tremendous and results in a broad variety of features which is still increasing with each new generation of portable electronic devices.
Despite strong efforts to reduce the energy consumption of the various units such as processors, displays and storage media, the overall energy consumption is increasing steadily. Since the energy density of batteries did not keep pace with the energy demand of modern electronic products, scientists and engineers are seeking for innovative, miniaturized power systems that can significantly prolong the operation time of portable and off-grid devices. This micro energy technology has an extremely high economic potential but at the same time poses equally high technological challenges. Customized power supplies that are intended to outperform conventional storage-based solutions have to meet high demands: The architecture of the power system must be tailored to the anticipated utilization profile.
High energy conversion efficiency as well as a completely maintenance-free and reliable operation has to be achieved. And finally the entire system must be manufactured in a cost-effective way in order to be adopted by the market. „Micro Energy Technology – Power To Go“ is the topic of the third Fraunhofer Symposium and addresses industry requirements and application-oriented research activities in the field of energy harvesting, energy storage, power management and power transmission in the low power range. The symposium offers leading industrial enterprises, research institutes, policy-makers, venture capitalists and end users the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements and discuss with top executives and technical professionals.