Innovation via New Materials

Innovation via New Materials

Green Power Electronics

Programme: Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Project period: 2016 – 2019

Budget: 3.1 Million Euro (75% European Regional Development Fund)

Homepage: balticgreenpower.eu/

Green Power Electronics was a collaboration platform of 17 research institutions, established companies and innovative start-ups from Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. Green Power Electronics initiated training workshops, on-company demonstrations, as well as consulting and matchmaking events.

Germany

Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency
Faculty of Engineering at Kiel University

Denmark

University of Southern Denmark
CLEAN
Converdan A/S

Sweden

NATEK Power Systems AB
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB
Sustainable Smart Houses in Småland

Estonia

Ubik Solutions
University of Tartu

Latvia

Latvian Technological Center
University of Latvia

Lithuania

Applied Research Institute for prospective Technologies
Kaunas Science and Technology Park
Kaunas University of Technology

Poland

Polish Chamber of Commerce for Electronics and Telecommunications
Warsaw University of Technology

The project Green Power Electronics enhanced the capacity of Baltic Sea Region companies to take up advanced power electronics into their R&D strategies and investment planning. Advanced power electronics is based on new materials and is a disruptive technology enabling the energy supply chain to increase energy efficiency. Challenges regarding the reliability under harsh conditions, economic viability of the transition towards advanced power electronics as well as general agreement on the technology and quality standards need to be overcome.

During the project period Green Power Electronics carried out three pilots between companies and research institutions within the renewable energy sector, i.e., wind energy, e-mobility and smart houses. Through these pilots the project demonstrated the technical maturity, reliability and economic feasibility of advanced power electronics.

Green Power Electronics promoted the technical and economic opportunities of advanced power electronics to companies in the Baltic Sea Region. SMEs will develop their individual technology roadmaps to take up this novel technology.

Three pilots aimed to demonstrate to the industry, research and education institutions, and to innovation transfer organisations in the Baltic Sea Region the capabilities, benefits and peculiarities of the Advanced PE in application to the three areas. After the testing phase the achievements in the demonstration pilots were evaluated. The results were presented within case studies.

Pilot on Renewable Energies

  • Implementing new architectures for wind power converters
  • Increasing the market share of power stack manufacturers
  • Enhancing the Advanced PE topologies for renewable energy applications

In order to achieve this, Green Power Electronics set up a demonstration pilot with a power converter with highest light load efficiency for renewable energy application. The demonstrator test and performance evaluation under lab conditions provides results to be integrated among others into training material for technical and R&D staff in SMEs.

Pilot on E-Mobility

Often companies complain about the supposed barriers as high costs of new components and high requirements for device materials. Green Power Electronics would like to refute these prejudices through field tests at two partner companies with garbage trucks and racing cars.

The demonstration pilot showed the advantages of Advanced PE-based solutions and their potential for the e-mobility. It also will increase the capacity of SMEs to uptake and implement Advanced PE based on wide bandgap semiconductors.

Pilot on Smart Houses

Smart Houses aim to maximise energy savings and cost reductions by utilising power electronics and intelligent control systems to optimise the lighting, climate control and the use of other household appliances. For these purposes, efficient power conversion systems are an essential prerequisite for smart houses.

The solutions used in this pilot were installed at the University of Tartu and a typical family house in Sweden. The pilot showed the advantages of PE-based solutions for the energy management in smart houses and analysed their impact on the Baltic Sea Region industry.

Contact: Renewable Energy Hamburg
Tom Mikus, Project Lead International

tom.mikus@eehh.de
+49 (0) 40 694 573-13