Dr. Henry O. Marcy, Vice President, Technology, Whirlpool Corporation will head up a distinguished list of “smart” speakers at the World Meter Design Congress in San Francisco, CA, on February 23-24 this year. This event is the only meeting place for the world’s meter design engineers, system architects, R&D engineers and production professionals to gain insights into the new requirements and opportunities shaping the design and development of next-generation metering system.

Register now on www.smart-energy.com/design!

PROGRAM
The technical program includes specific focus areas on AMI and meter design requirements to enable international AMI rollouts; new systems architecture; utilities’ future requirements; the latest component technologies; design for the ‘smart customer’; HAN technologies and green appliances, and much more.
Some 150 delegates from 27 countries attended the first event in 2008.

SMART SPEAKERS
As keynote speaker for the World Meter Design Congress Dr. Marcy will give a general overview of R&D trends for energy efficiency and white goods manufacturers.  He joined Whirlpool in 2002 and was named Vice President, Technology in August, 2007.  Based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, he is accountable for driving Innovation, establishing Technology Advantage and Technology Excellence for the Corporation.  

Other speakers who will address the development and challenges relating to “smart” meters include:

  • Bill Fernandez, the first Appel employee who will talk about user interfaces.
  • Mark Buccini, TI Director Metering/AMI at Texas Instruments who will address “The anatomy of Next-Generation Smart Meters”.
  • James Pace, Senior Director, Business Development, Silverspring, CA who will look at “Network Metrics for Smart Grid / AMI Networks”.  
  • And Josco Kester of ECN Energy Research Center in Holland will provide some insight into European experiences of “Meter design for the smart grid and the Smart Energy Alliance”.  

The congress will also feature real life case studies and success stories:

  1. Meter design for the smart grid and experiences from the world’s first smart grid city – Session moderator: Bob Heile, Chairman, Zigbee Alliance, CA, USA
  2. Getting the VOLT hybrid “plugged in”:  An EPRI senior representative will talk about working with General Motors and utilities on the challenges of preparing the nation’s grid.

Leading consultants will furthermore look at designing meters for future AMI rollouts:

User requirements for AMI systems and the smart grid – Frances Cleveland, President and Principal Consultant, Xanthus Consulting, CA, USA.

SECOND WORLD METER DESIGN CONGRESS
R&D experts from 27 countries attended the first World Meter Design Congress in San Jose, CA, last year, discussing the transformation that the metering industry is experiencing: The emergence of the smart grid, new communications technologies, new standards, the rise of advanced metering, increased meter data, energy efficiency, end-customer issues, new component solutions, globalization. All of these factors are shaping the way meter systems are architected, designed, styled, packaged and manufactured.

For more information regarding the conference, the program or to organize interviews with speakers, please contact:

Conference Producer: Julia Barton-Hill
Email: julia.barton-hill@spintelligent.com
Phone: 888 559 8017 / EXT: 3524
Fax: 413 487 6276
Event website: www.smart-energy.com/design

Location:
Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel
2500 Mason Street
San Francisco,
CA 94133, USA
Phone (415) 362-5500