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Experts of Semiconductors Powering Renewables

The importance of semiconductors in the clean energy sector is nimble, as Semiconductor solutions are getting miniaturized, reliable, power-efficient and yes smart. Conditioning power from solar arrays and wind turbines to help energy for electric equipment to get into electric grids is critically important. Semiconductors help harness, convert, transfer, stores and also make sure that the grid is responsive and efficient. To less known, Semiconductors are also helping in harvesting power optimally. Now IoT-Powered and advance power semiconductors are all coming into a successful GigaWatt drive for the clean energy sector. Harnessing further on the changing paradigm of clean energy and utility of semiconductors, this article brings along Raghavan Nagarajan, T&D and Wind Application Expert and Suresh Thangavel, Global Application Manager from Infineon Technologies AG | Ali Husain, Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy & Marketing, ON Semiconductor | MORNSUN Marketing Department to further infer on the role and the growing importance of semiconductors for clean energy.

Semiconductors PoweringSemiconductor, The Vital Element for Clean Energy?

Stating on what makes semiconductors such an important element for clean energy, Raghavan cited, without semiconductor-based power electronics systems, harnessing clean renewable energy such as wind energy would not be simply possible. Therefore, semiconductors are the heart of any clean energy generation technology. This way, there would be increasing demand for efficient and reliable power semiconductors to perform all this conversion with as low losses as possible.

Whereas Suresh further elaborates by giving an example on solar application, the photovoltaic (PV) module provides D-C current. However, we need to have a grid compatible A-C voltage to consume locally or for efficient transmission of the power that comes from the module. This is possible thanks to the solar inverter, which are build up with power semiconductors. Thus, power electronic devices make the modern P-V system widely usable. Solar energy, unlike their fossil-fuel alternatives, cannot be relied upon to provide the necessary fast response to plug load gaps in power generation. Instead, it makes more sense to collect and store this energy when it is generated, making it available for use later. For this purpose, Energy Storage Solutions (ESS), large and small, are being developed, providing power for everything from charging electric vehicles to power cities.

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