Delphi Industry Experts Present 42-Volt Systems Solutions At Power Electronics in Transportation Workshop

Two-day workshop set for Dec. 5-6 in Novi, Michigan.

Published: 05-Dec-2000

NOVI, Mich., Dec. 5 -- Four of Delphi Automotive Systems (NYSE: DPH) top engineers will help shape industry trends regarding 42-Volt systems technology when they participate in the biennial Workshop on Power Electronics in Transportation (WPET2000) at the Novi Hilton this week. During the two-day conference, they will share their insights on technologies that can help bring optimum, cost-effective solutions for higher voltage systems in vehicles.

Delphi, a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of power and signal distribution systems and the largest global supplier of automotive batteries to vehicle manufacturers, has developed engine, battery, fuel cell and electrical architecture alternatives that will meet the new requirements of dual and 42-Volt systems. The workshop, sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Power Electronics Society and IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section, focuses on the power requirements in vehicles and is titled "42-V Power Systems for the Next 100 Years."

      Delphi speakers include:        * Norman Traub, technology integration manager, will discuss the        automotive community's efforts to provide standardization and define        technical challenges facing the implementation of dual and 42-Volt        electrical systems.  This technical program is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.        on Tuesday, Dec. 5.  Traub has been integral in Delphi's research and        development initiatives related to 42-Volt electrical systems.  He holds        four U.S. patents.        * Joseph Keller, Ph.D., senior experimental ceramist with the Delphi        Customer Solution Center, will discuss the progress in the development        and use of lithium polymer batteries.  The session will take place on        Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 3:30 p.m.  Dr. Keller has worked on projects        relating to catalytic converters, spark plug development and lithium        polymer batteries in his five years with Delphi.  He has authored two        technical publications, has one trade secret and three patents pending.        He is part of the Lithium Polymer Battery Development Team.        * Kaushik Rajashekara, Ph.D., manager of the Energy Conversion group,        Energenix Center, will moderate a panel discussion, "Is 42-Volts the        Real Solution for Increasing Power Demands in Vehicles?"  Delphi's Traub        was requested to be a member of the panel, in addition to        representatives from Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp.  This panel        will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m.  Dr. Rajashekara will        also lead a discussion on integrated starter generator systems on        Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.          Dr. Rajashekara is responsible for technical direction and management of        several projects in the area of propulsion systems for alternative        powered vehicles, such as electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles for        Delphi.  He was a principle investigator on several of the Defense        Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), Department of Energy, and        Partnership for New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) sponsored projects on        electric and hybrid vehicles.  He holds 11 U.S. patents, and has        published more than 45 papers in the areas of power electronics, and        electric/hybrid propulsion systems.  He is a fellow of IEEE.        * Sayeed Mir, Ph.D. will conduct a technical session on 42-Volt electric        power steering at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6.  His session will        focus on the positive impact 42-Volt technology has on the design of        electric power steering systems for use in larger vehicles, such as        full-size trucks and sport utilities, which require higher power.  Dr.        Mir is a senior project engineer, currently the lead engineer in        Delphi's power electronics and motor controls group which focuses on        electric power steering systems, including steer-by-wire.  Mir has        authored more than 12 records of invention (ROI) and seven papers since        1994.  

According to Traub, "Vehicle manufacturers are facing the challenge to provide more electrical power to vehicles, make the vehicles increasingly fuel efficient and safer, and offer additional customer features. Vehicle manufacturers and suppliers are in agreement that the need for higher voltage systems is eminent and will certainly be implemented this decade."

Dr. Rajashekara said fuel efficiency is one of the key drivers for implementing higher voltage systems. "Because all belt-driven systems -- HVAC, water pump, power steering -- could be electrically powered with higher voltage systems, drag on the engine could be reduced. This reduction of engine drag could improve fuel efficiency by 5 to 10 percent."

In addition to the IEEE, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) / Industry Consortium on Advanced Automotive Electrical/Electronic Components and Systems contributed to the WPET 2000 Workshop. Delphi is involved in all organizations, and is a charter member of the MIT consortium, which was formed by MIT in 1996.

Multi-national Delphi Automotive Systems, with headquarters in Troy, Mich., USA, Paris, Tokyo and Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a world leader in mobile electronics and transportation components and systems technology. Delphi's three business sectors -- Dynamics & Propulsion; Safety, Thermal & Electrical Architecture; and Electronics & Mobile Communication -- provide comprehensive product solutions to complex customer needs. Delphi has approximately 216,000 employees and operates 184 wholly owned manufacturing sites, 44 joint ventures, 53 customer centers and sales offices and 31 technical centers in 40 countries. Delphi can be found on the Internet at www.delphiauto.com .

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