September 1999

No 163

Power from renewable sources such as wind, waves and the sun could be the answer to many of the world's energy problems.

International experts from more than 30 countries joined UK specialists at a major conference at the University of Leicester to meet and exchange information on recent developments and future trends in all aspects of electrical power engineering.

Included in the three-day event were sessions on work connected with offshore wind farms, harnessing power from waves, and solar energy. Participants also discussed trends in electric vehicle technology.

The 34th Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC '99) from September 14-16 is an annual forum for engineers from academia and industry to get together and exchange ideas and discuss important issues in the electrical power engineering industry. It is being held in the Bennett Building on the main campus at the University.

Locally organised by the University of Leicester's Department of Engineering the 150 delegates and speakers travelled from states as far flung as Brazil, China, Canada, Australia, Germany and Jordan, Mexico and Sri Lanka. Dr Paul Lefley of the department's electrical power group is the conference chairman

"For the first time the event was put on the internet and we were delighted that we have had an excellent international response", said Dr Lefley

"It is a prestigious event and we are delighted that Leicester is able to host the event this year."

A programme of cultural and technical visits has been arranged for one of the afternoons. These include tours to East Midlands companies such as Rolls Royce and Boots, Corby Power Station, Warwick Castle and ABB Daimler Benz Transportation. Local firms will also be included in the exhibition of sponsors held during the conference

The city's Lord Mayor, Councillor Phil Swift, hosted a civic reception on the first night of the conference and the Rt. Rev. Tom Butler, the former Bishop of Leicester and honorary graduate of the University, was the guest speaker at the following banquet.

For further information please contact Paul Lefley on 0973 69 79 58.

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