Will power promise be fulfilled in 2014?

David Willetts

David Willetts, science minister

In 2013 the government gave high profile support to a plan to identify opportunities for UK-based companies in the £135bn power electronics market. It will be interesting to see if the UK’s impressive heritage in power electronics will come through in 2014.

Theintention is to identify disruptive technologies for the power electronics in a new industry programme.

The hope is that some important power technologies will get new funding. There is potential in the power electronics community which includes global suppliers, established local companies and start-ups.

Dynex Semiconductor in Lincoln designs and makes high power bipolar semiconductors, insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) modules and electronic assemblies. It also works closely with university groups, such as Nottingham, Loughborough, Warwick and others, on advanced research topics and knowledge transfer projects.

Amantys is a Cambridge-based power electronics start-up is finding international success with its technology for reducing size and power consumption of IGBT-based power switching modules, used in high voltage motor drives and renewable energy systems.

TT electronics Semelab makes power mosfets in Leicestershire, while TDK-Lambda has been designing DC-DC and AC-DC power supplies at Ilfracombe on the North Devon coast for many years.

 

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