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Energy-efficient solutions for the industry and consumers at electronica 2014

Industry and trucks

• Electricity represents one-third of all energy consumed around the world. Growing energy prices are causing the industry and consumers to rethink things.

• The future belongs to intelligent so­lutions for low energy consumption in the sectors for mobility, industrial plants as well as household and con­sumer electronics.

• Exhibitors from around the world will present the latest trends and developments for energy-efficient electronic components, systems and applications at electronica from No­vember 11–14.

Machines account for two-thirds of all electricity consumed by the industrial sector. According to the German Electrical and Elec­tronic Manufacturers’ Association, 10–15 percent of all energy used in Germany’s industrial sector could be saved through the use of intelligent automation systems alone. That co­rresponds to a potential savings of at least four billion euros. Improving the network infrastructure could increase efficiency even further. Expanding renewable energies as part of the energy transition is presenting net­works with major challenges due to fluctuating power flows. Intelligent networks, or so-called smart grids, can measure these fluctuations and respond accordingly.

Energy efficiency paving the way for new developments

Energy efficiency is increasingly becoming a key criterion for several industrial sectors. That is why this topic plays an important role in all exhibition sectors at electronica. That also applies to Infineon Technologies AG: “As part of our focus topic, we have identified various markets and regions where energy efficiency con­tinues to increase in importance—for environmental as well as cost-related reasons.

In China, entire fleets of busses for inner-city transport are switching to electric drive systems. In the Uni­ted States, they are experimenting with electrified highways for trucks. And regulated drives for industrial facilities are catching on in Europe. Energy efficiency is also developing into an important sales argument for household appliances and in­telligent building-control systems,” explains Dr. Helmut Gassel, Head of the Business Unit for Industrial Power Control at Infineon. At electronica 2014, the company is presenting its entire range of power semiconduc­tors, microcontrollers and sensors, which are used in everything from washing machines to power grids.

Energy-saving displays: Success sto­ries and future potential

While energy-efficient solutions still have to establish themselves more firmly in some fields, they have already done so in the display sec­tor. During the past few years, TFT displays have achieved considerable energy savings in the industrial and consumer-goods sectors. However, new technologies show how much potential is still available. For exam­ple, displays with four-pixel color systems (R/G/B + White) make it pos­sible to reduce energy consumption by up to 30 percent.

Furthermore, e-paper and me­mory displays only consume electri­city when display content changes. Still, other factors besides energy efficiency also play an important role, especially in the industrial sector. They include readability, sturdiness, being easy to use, cost-performance ratio and a long service life. When presenting their products at elec­tronica, that is why exhibitors orient themselves to possible applications. Data Modul AG’s easyTOUCH dis­plays are a good example: They have been optimized for being operated with industrial and medical gloves and can be customized for use with other components in specific appli­cations.

Expert lectures at the forums

electronica gives visitors a look at the latest technologies and allows them to gather information about the latest trends and developments at lectures and panel discussions. For example, WEKA is organizing a panel discussion about “Energy Efficient Semiconductors – How They will Change our Lives. From Energy Harvesting to IoT, Smart Production, Smart Buildings, Smart Grids and be­yond” on Tuesday at the electronica Forum. All lectures are visible at the electronica event database.