ELCHE. The Power Division (Power Division) of the European Space Agency (ESA – ESTEC), together with the research group Industrial electronics from the University of Miguel Hernández (UMH) from Elche, organized the 13th edition of the European Space Power Systems Congress (European Space Power Conference – ESPC 2023). The meeting will take place from next Monday, October 2, to October 6 at the Elche Congress Center.
participate 400 engineers and scientists from 30 countries, as well as the main space agencies, from NASA to the Chinese Cast, except the Russian. This is the largest congress held at the Elche Congress Center in its history, from Monday to Friday, and where all the hotels are blocked since October 2022, as reported by this media.
The inauguration of ESPC 2023 will be held by the rector of UMH, Juan José Ruiz, the mayor of Elche, Pablo Ruz, and Véronique Ferlet-Cavrois, from the European Space Agency.
In particular, the UMH Industrial Electronics group collaborated in the meeting, attached to the Department of Materials Science, Optics and Electronic Technology and composed of professors and researchers José Manuel Blanes, José Antonio Carrasco, Pablo Casado, David Marroquí, Carlos Orts , Javier Rubiato , Cristian Torres and Ausias Garrigós, who directed it.
About 160 technical presentations will be made in different parallel sessions. ESPC 2023 began with a plenary talk on the Artemis I mission and the service module power system and continued with a historical review of power systems since the inception of the European Space Agency, coinciding with the 50 which is the anniversary of the first edition of the conference in 1972. This session is a tribute to the people who have contributed their expertise in various energy system technologies and shared their ideas through ESPC.
The European space age began with delicate computers and software, few components and no flight heritage and developed over the years into unique products of engineering energy systems, most of which are used still today and They have become a global standard. As a complement to this speech, a book has been republished with those articles that have been most relevant over the years.
The ESPC is one of the most important forums worldwide covering all aspects of the most relevant topics in electrical systems for space applications, covering the following major subject areas : electrical power management, photovoltaic generators, batteries and nuclear energy. The congress was attended by engineers and technical staff from leading European companies in the sector, as well as speakers from the world’s leading space agencies, including, among others, ESA (Europe), NASA (USA), JAXA (Japan), CNES. (France), DLR (Germany) or CAST (China). Also, researchers from research centers and universities around the world.
Throughout the week, in addition to the presentations, tourist itineraries and gastronomic proposals have been prepared, with various tastings and other events that reflect the cultural offer of the city, because exactly what it is looking for congress is the advantage and peace of medium cities.
In addition to UMH, TARSA and VisitElche participated in organizing this meeting. The congress is funded by the European Space Agency and various industrial sponsors, including Airbus, Azurspace, SAFT, Microchip, SpaceTech, ASP, Beyond Gravity, DHV Technology, Enersys, OHB, Leonardo, PLD space, ST Microlectronics, Thales Alenia Space, Terma .