Power Electronics for Green Energy Efficiency


March 2016 -
February 2019
2. Natural resources 2.3 Energy efficiency

Green PE

The project accelerates the market uptake of Advanced Power Electronics by especially small and medium sized enterprises in the Baltic Sea Region for the efficient conversion, transmission and consumption of energy.

Summary

The novel technologies behind Advanced PE allow more than 50% of energy savings by enabling the efficient control and conversion of electrical power and the reduction of energy losses in all stages of the energy supply chain.

The corresponding market, which is expected to grow annually by 7.4% from 2014-2020, is driven by the demand for an increase in energy efficiency to enable renewable energy production, efficient energy transmission and intelligent consumption (e.g., within e-mobility and smart buildings). Thus the novel technologies foster the transition towards green growth and green society.

The market uptake of Advanced PE is challenged by technical and economic barriers as well as knowledge gaps which are difficult to be overcome by companies from the energy supply chain in the BSR. As a result, these companies tend to choose conservative technology management and R&I strategies with regard to Advanced PE. At the same time innovative start-ups and SMEs from component and element level to system integrators – need to accelerate the innovation cycle and market acceptance of the energy efficient novel technology.

The project aims to demonstrate solutions to overcome these barriers faster and to increase the capacity of companies to adopt their business and R&I strategies to the potentials of Advanced PE. The project provides a transnational collaboration platform for research institutions and companies especially innovative start-ups and SMEs to transfer knowledge and build up R&I alliances across borders. The partners demonstrate the technical feasibility, reliability and cost efficiency of the novel technology and strengthen the industry’s confidence in Advanced PE.

The transnational approach creates a critical mass of expertise and collaboration for the still premature market for Advanced PE. The project involves widely BSR companies in the development of a technology and product roadmap enabling them to define their technology and business strategies (e.g., adequate technology, timing of investments). The project carries out three demonstration pilots in the market sectors renewable energies, e-mobility and smart buildings with 8 companies and 7 research institutions. In addition the research partners consult 14 BSR companies supporting their R&I strategy development. All project results will be spread across the BSR via dedicated technology marketing measures, thus advancing the BSR capacities in the enabling technology.

The project obtains support from the STRING partnership contributing to the green growth strategy (Letter of Support). KIC InnoEnergy as Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change, states strong interest to collaborate with the project, too (Letter of Support).

Highlights by mid-term:

The consortium has successfully elaborated the most important output of the project: the transnational technology and product roadmap of advanced power electronics. This document provides key information about the latest developments regarding the technologies and products available in the sector of advanced power electronics. The roadmap is meant to increase the knowledge among industries, R&D institutions, and policy makers about the chances and barriers of advanced power electronics. It is supposed to contribute to their market-uptake and thus to speed up the electrification and efficient use of electric energy in many fields, especially those utilising renewable energies.

The project has implemented five pilot cases to demonstrate the functionality and advantages of advanced power electronics in the fields of renewable energies, e-mobility and smart housing. A special DC-AC converter was developed and tested to better utilise energy generated from renewable sources. Furthermore, new photo voltaic panels were installed on demonstration houses in Växjö (SE) and Tartu (EE) to demonstrate the efficiency of advanced power electronics when generating electricity from sunlight.

Budgets

Total
€ 3.10
million
Erdf
€ 2.42
million
Eni + Russia
€ 0.00
million
Norway
€ 0.00
million

PARTNERS

CONTACTS

Project manager

University of Southern Denmark

Horst-Günter Rubahn

4 565 501 657

Legal representative

Syddansk Universitet

Jørgen Schou

+45 65 50 10 40

Financial manager

Syddansk Universitet

Jens V. Kierkegaard

+ 45 65 50 29 11

Communication manager

DSN

Gesine Stück

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