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Exclusive – Carbon Neutrality, Automation and Innovation Key Dialogues of ST’s Industrial Summit 2022

During STMicroelectronics’ recent Industrial Summit 2022, Francesco MUGGERI, VP of Marketing & Applications, Power Discrete and Analog, APeC/China, STMicroelectronics had an elaborated media interaction with international journalists sharing STMicroelectronics strategies and focus.

Francesco-MUGGERI

During STMicroelectronics’ recent Industrial Summit 2022, Francesco MUGGERI, VP of Marketing & Applications, Power Discrete and Analog, APeC/China, STMicroelectronics had an elaborated media interaction with international journalists sharing STMicroelectronics strategies and focus.

“2022 Industrial Summit was focused on “Powering Your Sustainable Innovation”. The words that the world should focus on are sustainable and innovation, through our action powering. Nations, corporations and all of us as individuals have to contribute. We have our roles to play,” affirmed Francesco.

Below are the exclusive edited excerpts from the event.

Carbon neutrality is said to reach China by 2060 and Europe and America by 2050. Key trends and how is ST befitting itself to comply with this transformation?

Carbon neutrality will reach in China by 2060, and Europe and America by 2050. But what I want to point out is that not just policies, we also need to have the corporate comply in the fastest way we can. On this, ST is already well organized. As I mentioned during my presentation, in 2021, 51% of our used electricity has already come from renewable energies. This is something showing how ST is already in place. But our goal and target are to reach 2027, 100% usage of energy from renewable sources. And this is surely our direction. We will also help our customers to reach this level.

Impact of Global Energy

It is important for you all to understand that when we present our solution, any kind of solution we have presented today, the common denominator was saving energy and improving efficiency. The presentation drew attention to the fact that saving, for example, 1% of energy in the industrial market means saving 15 nuclear plants’ production of energy. And with strong contributions to COemission, reducing by 32 million tons. This is a big number.Trends in Sustainability

Perhaps I can add another element. Usage for the residential will be key in this sustainable transition. You may think that you don’t consume much, but if you think about how many adapters and chargers you have in your home – estimate that we have at least three chargers or adapters per person, and you use very little because you use the power coming from those just a limited time in a day. But all the time, those are connected to the grid, and those stay in standby power, which is very little, but you stand by for 24 hours. So if you put together this information, you see that the numbers are associated. By saving the standby power, we’ll lead to another 10 nuclear plants. I can share the calculation too. This is an internal calculation. Anyhow, what is important is to understand that our effort to save a little bit in efficiency seems a little, but actually it is a lot.

Key drivers for the Industrial market and ST’s key focus to churn the growth in Industrial applications?

We see the industrial market is mainly driven by industrial processing. These are very strong in CAGR, and we need to help this sector. And another one is power and energy, which you’ve seen in yellow colour all around our event.

By this year practically the TAM is 72 billion. And of these, 70% can be addressed by our products, so this is to explain, how wide ST’s portfolio is.

Three Focus Market Segment

Developing Solutions

STMicroelectronics has three Competence Centers in which there are three specific focuses. The first one is helping to generate clean energy. The second one is helping to create efficiency in the solution and energy transmission. And another one is helping with intelligence by introducing automation, therefore reducing energy.Wildest Product portfolio

How ST analyzes the energy conversion chain – the importance of energy generation and the key role of automation.Energy Conversion

If we analyze the energy conversion chain, we see the importance of energy generation, transmission and storage, and consumption. You know how to intervene in the three blocks that you see here. On the first one on the left, you see that we have energy generation and energy storage. When we talk about energy storage, do not just think about batteries and elements to be charged, and storing the electric energy. We also have other kinds of energy storage, for example, we can produce hydrogen, and later on, use hydrogen.

And another way could be having two lakes, one lower level and one upper level. And you move the water from the lower level to the upper level where we have exceeded energy and produce that energy again when you need it, so driving the water from the upper lake down to the lower lake. And for energy transmission, energy transmission today is in AC, but perhaps one of the trends could also go in DC.

Also, I want to let you understand is also on the consumption side. Automation is important because we need to optimize the usage of energy.Power & Energy

ST’s major focus in Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicon Carbide (SiC).Silicon Carbide

ST has been massively focusing in Silicon Carbide (SiC). We have huge investment in the new plant. We are producing our raw wafers. Everything is going on smoothly. Our new plant is in Catania and we are already able to say that by end of 2024, we will produce the first raw wafers.Nitride

Also, ST is now leading in Gallium Nitride (GaN). In Tours, France, we have built our production line, and we have invested to create power discrete products that my team has shown to you today. And we already have a system-in-package. So the approach here is very strong.

ST’s major traction and leadership in power and energy, automation and motor control while enabling sustainable factories and future?

Automation

Motor Control

Dual Motor Servo Drive

ST’s key focuses are power and energy, automation and motor control. When you talk about motor control, you think that motor control is an element that is not so big. It’s not a big consumption around motor control. In reality, if you look into the details, and think about the slides presented today by our Competence Center for Motor Control, we introduced this very nice solution with the dual motor precision position control with the 2 motors from left and right rotating after synchronizing matching for building up the logo. At that moment, Seven who was also in the room showed us that we have around 52% of the energy overall is consumed by motors. So humans almost use 52% of their energy for motors. So by optimizing this portion of energy, (we need to) optimize the motor, (which) means reducing vibration and reducing the energy that is used. So the optimization of this process requires firmware and requires hardware. And all these are available in ST. So you understand once again why we are in this direction. We have a strong portfolio definitely and we want to sell it. But we are matching the sustainability driver.

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