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Showcasing energy-efficient solutions for the industry and consumers at electronica 2014

Editorial

The 26th International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications, electronica 2014 will be held November 11-14, 2014 in Munich, Germany.

Machines account for two-thirds of all electricity consumed by the industrial sector. According to the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association, the use of intelligent automation systems can help save 10-15 percent of all energy used in Germany's industrial sector, corresponding to a potential savings of at least four billion euros.

Improving the network infrastructure could increase efficiency even further. Expanding renewable energies as part of the energy transition is presenting networks with major challenges due to fluctuating power flows. Intelligent networks, or so-called smart grids, can measure these fluctuations and respond accordingly.

Energy efficiency paving the way for new developments

A key criterion for several industrial sectors, energy efficiency plays an important role in all exhibition sectors at electronica. Dr Helmut Gassel, Head of the Business Unit for Industrial Power Control at Infineon explains that various markets and regions have been identified where energy efficiency continues to increase in importance for environmental as well as cost-related reasons.

For instance, entire fleets of buses for inner-city transport in China are switching to electric drive systems. The United States is experimenting with electrified highways for trucks while regulated drives for industrial facilities are catching on in Europe. Energy efficiency is also developing into an important sales argument for household appliances and intelligent building control systems.

At electronica 2014, Infineon is presenting its entire range of power semiconductors, microcontrollers and sensors, which are used in everything from washing machines to power grids.

Energy-saving displays: Success stories and future potential

Energy-efficient solutions are firmly established in the display sector. During the past few years, TFT displays have achieved considerable energy savings in the industrial and consumer goods sectors. However, new technologies show how much potential is still available. For example, displays with four-pixel colour systems (R/G/B + White) make it possible to reduce energy consumption by up to 30 percent while e-paper and memory displays only consume electricity when display content changes.

Besides energy efficiency, factors such as readability, sturdiness, ease of use, cost-performance ratio and long service life also play an important role, especially in the industrial sector. When presenting their products at electronica, exhibitors will orient themselves to possible applications. Data Modul AG's easyTOUCH displays for instance, have been optimised for operation with industrial and medical gloves and can be customised for use with other components in specific applications.

Expert lectures at the forums

Visitors to electronica 2014 can take a look at the latest technologies and learn more about the latest trends and developments at lectures and panel discussions. WEKA is organising a panel discussion about ‘Energy Efficient Semiconductors – How They will Change our Lives. From Energy Harvesting to IoT, Smart Production, Smart Buildings, Smart Grids and beyond’ on Tuesday at the electronica Forum. All lectures are listed in the electronica event database.

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