ECPE Position Paper
'The All-Electric Society' (2022)
Even after the very fast development during the last 20 years and the availability of wide bandgap SiC semiconductors there are many promising technologies arising. These new technologies will give power electronic a further technology push. Enabling even more new electric powered, highly efficient applications and generating an additional application pull for new solutions. Europe is at the forefront of power electronic development. To stay there, further focused research on these promising topics must be facilitated.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 emphasizes that it is the key for the future to maintain and strengthen Europe´s position in power electronics technologies and applications, as also other regions in the world e.g. China have identified the importance and the potential of power electronics.