Energy efficient systems and solutions require more use of power electronics in which Danish industries and universities have a stronghold. However, the technologies and competencies built up during the last three decades are challenged from two aspects.
- Firstly, new fast switching technologies, which promise radical size, efficiency and performance improvements, but require new competencies, designs, test methods and workflows.
- Secondly, more stringent reliability requirements to reduce the Cost-of-Energy demand the design and testing of high-reliability power electronic products under constrained design cost and time.
Thirdly Existing solutions based on current technologies and tools are copied rapidly. To maintain our stronghold, we need simulation driven development methods and reliability-oriented tools to master the complexity of the new technologies, exploit the promised improvement opportunities and reduce time to market. Cooperation between universities and companies is vital both to acquire and develop the new technologies and to develop new adequate workflows, utilizing the benefits of a “digital twin” of the physical product as described in “Industry 4.0”.
The majority of the products and solutions in scope of this project are applied into critical infrastructure and in a huge variety of industrial and commercial applications globally, they target attractive markets and it is hence crucial that we maintain the competitive edge during the technology transition.
The project aims to prepare for a paradigm shift in power electronics that will boost the spread of smart electrical energy systems and secure competitiveness and growth of Danish power electronics industry in the next decade. New competences and work methods shall further significantly improve reliability-oriented design and testing, prototyping/development time of power electronics products for energy systems. It has the three specific goals below:
- A factor of 3 volume and weight improvement of kW converters used in variable speed drives and power supplies
- Reduce the power electronics products reliability testing time by 20%, and the maintenance cost and return rates by 50%
- Develop an integrated DfR2 Tool platform for industry product design or field operation lifetime extension; contribute to the reduction of LCoE of renewables and LCC of energy utilizations.