Power Supply to Become More Efficient, More Stable and More Secure

Power Supply to Become More Efficient, More Stable and More Secure

The European research project headed by Infineon has been successfully completed.

Highly developed societies require a stable power supply that also protects the environment. The goal then is to generate electricity in as targeted and sustainable a way as possible, and to transmit it and use it as efficiently as possible. The research project “E2SG” (Energy to Smart Grid) supports these goals. It lays the foundations for greater stability, energy efficiency and data security in the smart grid. Infineon Technologies AG coordinated the project, which has now been successfully completed. A total of 29 project partners from nine European countries participated. At the European Nanoelectronics Forum 2015 E2SG was presented with the 2015 ENIAC Innovation Award.

The research results of the E2SG project will allow for a more sustainable energy production and more efficient energy conversion. For example, a bi-directional voltage converter – with an efficiency of over 96 percent – will facilitate the efficient power supply of electricity from different energy sources. This supports the use of renewable energies and makes the power supply more flexible and, by extension, more stable. By using optimized MOSFET power switches with over ten percent lower on-resistance in voltage transformers such as power supplies and converters, together with advanced high voltage technology, power and conversion losses can be reduced. This saves power and reduces CO2 emissions. 

The results of E2SG represent a major economic potential and are also of value to society, winning the project the ENIAC Innovation Award. Dr. Yves Gigase, Acting Executive Director of ECSEL, presented the award at the European Nanoelectronics Forum 2015 on December 2 in Berlin. Project coordinator Holger Schmidt, R&D Funding Projects at Infineon, accepted the award on behalf of the consortium. 

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