PitchD 2020 edition: the 3rd PitchD [ONLINE]

25 March 2020 – 17.30

Notwithstanding the quarantine and the social restrictions, we firmly agree on the fact that social isolation does not mean loneliness. The power of information technology allows us to reach everybody in the world, staying at home. The technology enables us to banter with friends, and it also makes scientific and cultural discussions possible and practical. At this purpose, in this period of emergency, the IEEE Student Branch does not want to stop. We take this opportunity to challenge ourselves by offering the usual services with the highest standard we can.

Here’s the third PitchD – the PhD’s pitch of the new 2020 edition. Our PhD IEEE Student Members explain to students, colleagues and professors their research. For the third event, two PhD students with energy and electronics backgrounds will show insight into their work. Join us to listen to their PitchD.

Towards 100% Renewable Generation with Virtual Synchronous Generators

Mr. Fabio Mandrile
Dept. of Energy (DENERG), Politecnico di Torino

Power electronics-based energy conversion is making the exploitation of Renewable Energy Sources, such as sun and wind, more and more attractive and the amount of renewable energy generation is expected to rise exponentially all over the world in the next 20 years. However, this comes at a price: the power system was designed to operate with a prevalence of synchronous generators. Therefore, changes in the design of power electronics and control will be mandatory to reach a 100% renewable-based power system. In particular, electronic converters will have to guarantee the so called “ancillary services” in order to maintain the stability and the correct operation of the power grid. A promising solution is the concept of Virtual Synchronous Generator, that makes the converter behave as a synchronous machine. This talk will introduce the issues related to power generation from renewables and describe how Virtual Synchronous Generators can solve them.

CAD tools for Field Coupled Nanocomputing: from the development to a Live Demo

Mr. Umberto Garlando
Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunications (DET), Politecnico di Torino

The Moore’s law states the number of transistors inside a single chip doubles every eighteen months thanks to dimensions scaling. However, this trend is reaching an end due to technological limits and power density. For these reasons new technologies are being studied in order to find possible alternatives. In particular, magnetic QCA (quantum-dot cellular automata) technologies are the most promising. No current flows inside the technological elements, and information propagation is achieved through magnetic fields: they are part of the Field Coupled Nanocomputing (FCN) technologies. Technologists focus on the design of the single device and its characteristics. A circuit level exploration needs CAD (Computer Aided Design) tools in order to speed up the process. The ToPoliNano (Torino Politecnico Nanotechnologies) framework enables the design and simulation of digital circuits based on FCN technologies. The framework and the supported technologies will be described and a Live Demo of the tools will be performed.

Information on how to connect will be available in the next days.

NOTE: since the format is different from the usual one, the credits for EEECE-POLITO PhD candidate cannot be guaranteed for this event.

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