Over 1.1 Billion people live with absolutely no access to electricity. At the same time, millions of people who normally enjoy a better life and energy access, find themselves, through war, climate change or increasingly frequent catastrophic HILF (High Impact Low Frequency) events, in a situation where the existing energy infrastructure is essentially destroyed. In both cases, the quality of life of more than a billion people is affected and it is clear that to build a new energy infrastructure for these deprived people and communities is a critical priority. A fundamental question facing us today is – ‘what should this new energy infrastructure look like?’.

Should we continue with a 20th century centralized paradigm that was designed in a time when only mechanical solutions were available, or should it be reimagined with fast-moving 21st century technology with exponentially-declining prices, such as distributed generation, prosumers, dynamic pricing, microgrids, energy storage, internet of things, communications, cloud computing, and others? The two seemingly disparate problems in energy access provide a unique opportunity to define what such a new electricity infrastructure could look like, to develop components needed to realize such a dynamically reconfigurable system and to demonstrate using test beds and real deployments, the ability for a decentralized energy infrastructure to be viable. Energy access provides perhaps the best path to fulfill the IEEE mission statement: Advancing Technology for Humanity.

Join us for the first IEEE DEAS workshop that will include invited papers, tutorials, and technical papers for presentation in regular and poster sessions, an exposition, where companies and organizations involved in energy access will be participating. The digests will undergo a standard IEEE PELS peer review process. Accepted papers that are presented at a regular or poster sessions will also be uploaded to IEEE Explore and will be eligible for submission to all IEEE PELS and IEEE PES journals and transactions. The workshop will have two separate tracks; Energy Access Solutions and Resilient Energy Infrastructure.

This call for papers also serves as an invitation for proposals to present tutorials on related topics. Tutorial presenters will get one free registration for the workshop and will receive a small honorarium.


Extended digest submission deadline:
November 1, 2018

Notification of acceptance:
December 1, 2018

Final papers submission deadline:
January 1, 2019

Call for paper

Important Dates

Draft paper submission deadline:2018-11-15

Topics of submission

Topics of Interest:

§  AC & DC Nano, Micro and Mini Grids

§  Flexible and Expandable Systems

§  Dynamic Source and Load Balancing

§  PV/Storage/Grid Power Converters

§  Decentralized Architecture

§  Power/Energy Constrained Systems

§  Dynamic Pricing in Distributed Grids

§  Modular Stackable Converters

§  Communications in Energy Access

§  Pay/Go and Mobile Payments

§  Defining & Measuring Grid Resiliency

§  Rapid Build of Electricity Infrastructure

§  Operating Decentralized Systems

§  Autonomous Islanding & Reconnection

§  Emergency & Normal Mode Operation

§  Emergency Mode Services

§  Rapid Restoration of Emergency Services

§  Role of DER and Nano/Micro-Grids in Resilient Systems

§  Distributed Devices for Emergency Services


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Important dates

  • Conference Dates

    05 Feb.



    07 Feb.


  • 15 Nov.


    Draft paper submission deadline

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  • IEEE Power Electronics Society