In the future, energy supply will not be possible without the use of state-of-the-art components and systems based on power electronics. These include highly-efficient power converters, storage systems, renewable energy sources connected to the grid, high-performance switches for high voltage DC transmission systems, components for DC networks in buildings or management systems for local sub-networks. Even in the area of drive train technology, power electronics are vital components in electric vehicle systems such as the electric drive trains, storage solutions, vehicle electrical systems and charging infrastructures.
When it comes to grid-independent systems, energy efficiency is currently the greatest challenge when developing electronics technology. This is especially true for daily electronic accessories, such as so-called wearables. Low-power solutions are in particularly high demand not only for consumer sports and fitness applications, but for industrial environments as well. Examples include cyber-physical systems (Industry 4.0) that benefit equally from energy-saving circuits and energy-efficient communications protocols.
These technologies are highly pertinent to the five fields of application that offer the greatest potential for the German economy: energy-efficiency, smart grids, medical technology, electromobility and Industry 4.0.
Four initial projects, which demonstrate the region‘s extensive expertise, form the basis of innovative solutions for addressing industry-relevant issues.
Furthermore develops the LZE together with partners new models for strategy cooperation, such as the innovative excellence program ENETLZE for high potentials in research and development.