ECPE Position Paper
´Power Electronics and Digitalisation (Smart-Inverter)´ (2021)
With the development towards Industry 4.0 the requirement for “Smart-Systems” and autonomy in industry drives and automation demands higher levels of intelligence from the power electronic systems used to facilitate correct power flow. With an estimated €36bn predicted to be spent on inverters and drive systems in 2022, academic and industrial research and development identifies the power electronic inverter as being the critical driver for Industry 4.0 in the coming years.
This Position Paper aims to identify which functionalities would be required in a “Smart-Inverter” as an enabling technology for Industry 4.0, based on current state-of-the-art and emerging developments explored in a recent ECPE Expert Discussion with leaders from academia and industry.