The Association for the Advancement of Pulsed Power (A²P²), is a non-profit association, aiming primarily the following:
- support of individual or collective persons in the development of scientific work and its dissemination in the field of Pulse Power, as well as the promotion and organisation of activities and events of a scientific and economic nature;
- cooperation between international and national entities, regarding participation in international projects, promotion of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology transfer, strategic development oriented to the result and creation of international networks, related to the promotion and advancement of the Pulsed Power;
- encouragement of external relations, in the field of policies for the organisation of scientific initiatives for Pulsed Power advancement, in particular training and information events;
What is Pulsed Power?
Pulsed Power is the science and technology of accumulating energy over a relatively long period of time and releasing it very quickly thus increasing the instantaneous power, a technique with the potential for contributing to the welfare of everyone in near people applications. In fact, there is a growing variety of environmental, biomedical, commercial and industrial applications that use positive and/or negative high-voltage repetitive pulses, enhancing the properties of a product or a technique. These pulses may last anywhere from hundreds of picoseconds to tens of seconds, being released as a single shot or in a repetitive sequence up to several tens of thousands per second.
What is more extraordinary in Pulsed Power is that it is an enabling technology, meaning it is not an end to itself. As such, the applications of Pulsed Power are driving the need for technological advances in medical, environment, biological, energetic and industrial applications. For example, in the reduction of pollution emissions, in killing bacteria and organic pollutants, in melanoma cancer treatment, in increasing the shelf life of natural juices, in moulding metals sheets, and much more.