At the start of 2018, the EU Green Power Electronics project published the regional roadmap. The aim of the project is to improve market chances for power electronics and to overcome technical and economic barriers. These challenges often arise as a result of politics and regulations. The target group for the publication is specifically small and medium-sized companies in the Baltic Sea region.
According to experts, the energy saving potential from an increased use of power electronics amounts to 25% of the current power consumption in the EU. Over the next five years, the field of green power electronics is to be more intensively developed. Above all materials, such as diamonds, gallium nitrate (GAN) and silicon carbide (SIC), are used in the interdisciplinary electronics.
GPE experts have defined the key fields of power electronics as being: inverters in electric cars, storage systems and wind turbines. Materials, such as gallium nitrate, can be meaningfully used in lidar systems. The authors promise positive developments, especially in the automotive sector. The use of GAN and SIC could significantly change the properties of inverters.
The EU Green Power Electronics project provides a platform for research institutions, companies and start-ups in the Baltic Sea region. It organises workshops and matchmaking events. Over 36 months (2016 - 2019), a total of 17 partners are involved in the Interreg project, which receives 3.1 million euro funding. The University of Southern Denmark is responsible for the project management.