Norbert Engelberts to Present “Thermal Design and Management of High Power LEDs” at coolingZONE Summit

Norbert Engelberts, Director of ATS-Europe, BV. will be presenting “Thermal Design and Management of High Power LEDs” at the 11th coolingZONE International Business and Technology Summit, October 5-6, 2011 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA.

Norwood, MA, August 19, 2011 --( Norbert Engelberts, director of Advanced Thermal Solutions Europe, will be presenting at the 11th coolingZONE International Business and Technology Summit, October 5-6, 2011 in Cambridge, MA. Norbert previously headed the Thermal Design and Environmental Testing Group for Bell Labs Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent). He has an extensive experience in the thermal management of LED based lighting solutions for a variety of applications, including automotive, street lighting, led replacement lamps.

“Thermal Design and Management of High Power LEDs” will explain what options currently exist for cooling LEDs and why thermal management is important for the design of lamps based on LEDs. Through specific case studies, Engelberts will show how the right engineering design creates a more efficient product at a lower cost.

Because LED’s are thermally and electrically like a semiconductor, engineers and lighting professionals still have their minds wrapped around using incandescent lights instead of LEDs. Engelberts comments on this issue; “Over the past ten years we are seeing far less of this [incandescent] kind of design approach. Early LED lighting designs were not very effective. The designs either didn’t work at all once a product was shipping or the product only worked for a few thousand hours then failed, so there was a good deal of trial and error until a solution worked best. Recently, the LED suppliers are also starting to put more effort and education into the thermal management of LED. The education is usually focused on explaining to the OEM community that there are thermal issues at all and that it can’t be ignored.”

Engelberts presentation will focus on “the required approach” to solving a thermal management problem. “You have to look from three perspectives to insure you have the right approach,” Engelberts’ states. First, look at the problem from an analytical model. Second, do some CFD and get a computational read on your solution. Third, perform experiments with your proposed solution. With these three methods you can create good thermal designs, and you come up with thermal designs that are correct the first time. The best approach is not this, “try this or that” and see what happens.

To attend Engelberts’ presentation, “Thermal Design and Management of High Power LEDs”, at the coolingZONE summit, please register at or email

ATS-Europe, BV was founded in 2003 to provide leading-edge thermal management solutions to its European partners. Located in Holland, ATS-Europe offers all product offerings of ATS, including its portfolio of more than 450 high- and ultra-performance™ heat sinks, custom extrusions, and state-of-the-art, research quality thermal test and measurement equipment with customized software and unequaled accuracy. Contact ATS-Europe, BV at +31 (0) 3569 84715 or

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