Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ECSEL-IA | Phase: ECSEL-02-2014 | Award Amount: 87.61M | Year: 2015
The key objective of PowerBase Enhanced substrates and GaN pilot lines enabling compact power applications is to ensure the availability of Electronic Components and Systems (ECS) for key markets and for addressing societal challenges, aiming at keeping Europe at the forefront of the technology development, bridging the gap between research and exploitation, creating economic and employment growth in the European Union. The project PowerBase aims to contribute to the industrial ambition of value creation in Europe and fully supports this vision by addressing key topics of ECSEL multi annual strategic plan 2014. By positioning PowerBase as innovation action a clear focus on exploitation of the expected result is primary goal. To expand the limits in current power semiconductor technologies the project focuses on setting up a qualified wide band gap GaN technology Pilot line, on expanding the limits of todays silicon based substrate materials for power semiconductors, improving manufacturing efficiency by innovative automation, setting up of a GaN compatible chip embedding pilot line and demonstrating innovation potential in leading compact power application domains. PowerBase is a project proposal with a vertical supply chain involved with contributions from partners in 7 European countries. This spans expertise from raw material research, process innovation, pilot line, assembly innovation and pilot line up to various application domains representing enhanced smart systems. The supporting partners consist of market leaders in their domain, having excellent technological background, which are fully committed to achieve the very challenging project goals. The project PowerBase aims to have significant impact on mart regions. High tech jobs in the area of semiconductor technologies and micro/nano electronics in general are expressed core competences of the regions Austria: Carinthia, Styria, Germany: Sachsen, Bavaria and many other countries/ regions involved.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: LCE-02-2016 | Award Amount: 22.78M | Year: 2017
Five DSOs (CEZ distribuce, ERDF, EON, Enexis, Avacon) associated with power system manufacturers, electricity retailers and power system experts, propose a set of six demonstrations for 12 to 24 months. Within three years, they aim at validating the enabling role of DSOs in calling for flexibility sources according to local, time-varying merit orders. Demonstrations are designed to run 18 separate use cases involving one or several of the levers increasing the local energy system flexibility: energy storage technologies (electricity, heat, cold), demand response schemes with two coupling of networks (electricity and gas, electricity and heat/cold), the integration of grid users owning electric vehicles, and the further automation of grid operations including contributions of micro-grids. The use cases are clustered into three groups. Three use cases in Sweden and the Czech Republic address the enhancement of the distribution network flexibility itself. Five use cases in France, Germany and Sweden demonstrate the role of IT solutions to increase drastically the speed of automation of the distribution networks, which can then make the best use of either local single or aggregated flexibilities. Ten use cases in Czech Republic, France, The Netherlands and Sweden combine an increased network automation and an increased level of aggregation to validate the plausibility of local flexibility markets where both distributed generation and controllable loads can be valued. Replicability of the results is studied by the DSOs and industry with an in-depth analysis of the interchangeability and interoperability of the tested critical technology components. Dissemination targeting the European DSOs and all the stakeholders of the electricity value chain will be addressed by deployment roadmaps for the most promising use cases, thus nourishing the preparation of the practical implementation of the future electricity market design, the draft of which is expected by end of 2016.
Fronius International GmbH | Date: 2016-07-08
A heavy-current transformer, in particular for a power source in order to provide a welding current of a resistance welding device, with at least one primary winding and at least one secondary winding with center tapping, and a transformer element, a contact plate and a secondary winding for such a heavy-current transformer as well as a method for the manufacturing thereof, reduce losses and improve efficiency by providing at least four contacts to form a multi-point contacting, the contacts being formed by four contact faces within which the at least one primary winding and the at least one secondary winding are arranged in a series/parallel connection.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: FCH2-RIA | Phase: FCH-01-3-2016 | Award Amount: 3.29M | Year: 2017
The INLINE project aims at the solution of key challenges to enable the implementation of a scalable manufacturing process for fuel cell systems. Current manufacturing processes rely on manual work that has substantial limits in terms of cycle times, costs and scalability. Developments will start with the re-design and optimization of two key components: the media supply unit and the tank valve regulator. Both are components that are currently difficult to manufacture and are perceived as bottlenecks in the production process. Based on these new designs, an integrated production line will be planned using simulation tools. These tools will enable the evaluation of different layouts, part flow strategies and for different production scenarios. In terms of manufacturing tools, the end of line test will be improved to reduce cycle times by a factor of 3 and assistance systems for assembly stations will be developed that will enable scalability by reducing the need for training of workers. The overall target is to reduce the cycle time for production of a whole fuel cell system from 15 hours to less than 2.5 hours. Data gathering and analysis methods will be developed to enable the tracking of parts through the production line and - through a correlation of process and quality data - the continuous improvement of the production process. Demonstration of the end of line test and the assistance system will be done in hardware. The whole production line will be evaluated using a simulation tool that has been verified on the current production process. A set of engineering samples of the re-designed tank valve regulator and the media supply unit will be produced and used for tests of the integrated fuel cells and for assessment of the whole production process.A potential of 250 new jobs in manufacturing of fuel cells and for production of the key components will be generated by the project.
Fronius International GmbH | Date: 2015-09-09
For a DC/DC converter with high dynamics and for high-voltage conditions, a provision is made that a capacitor series connection (2) of at least three capacitors (C1, C2, C3) is provided in the DC/DC converter (1), a first capacitor (C1) and middle third capacitor (C3) of the capacitor series connection (2) being part of a first inverting buck-boost converter (7) and a second capacitor (C2) and the middle third capacitor (C2) of the capacitor series connection (2) being part of a second inverting buck-boost converter (8), and that the first direct-current voltage (U_(IN)) is applied to the capacitor series connection (2) and the second direct-current voltage (U_(OUT)) is applied to the common third capacitor (C3) of the first and second inverting buck-boost converter (7, 8).
Fronius International GmbH | Date: 2016-02-16
A plug part releasably connects a liquid-cooled welding torch to a jack part arranged on a hose package, and a connecting device releasably connects a liquid-cooled welding torch to a hose package. In order to provide a connecting device which is suitable for high welding currents and use with hollow shaft robots, each welding current line on the plug part is arranged around a cooling duct, at least in the region of the front face, and the contact area of each welding current line is arranged axially offset from the orifices of the cooling ducts. On the jack part, each welding current line is arranged around a cooling duct, at least in the region of the end piece, and the contact area of each welding current line is arranged axially offset from the orifices of the cooling ducts.
Fronius International GmbH | Date: 2015-12-22
Burner for a welding apparatus having a non-melting electrode, a wire feed device for a welding wire and a power feed device for introducing an electric heating current into the welding wire that is supplied. The wire feed device can be activated in two directions of advance and an electric voltage applied by the power feed device to the welding wire can be regulated to ignite an igniting arc between the tip of the welding wire and the workpiece.
Fronius International GmbH | Date: 2015-04-14
A method for feeding energy from photovoltaic modules (2) of a photovoltaic system (1) into a supply grid (5), or to a load, converts the DC voltage (U_(DC)) generated by the photovoltaic modules (2) in an inverter (3) with an intermediate circuit (7) with a capacitor (C_(ZW)) and with a DC/AC-converter (8) into an AC voltage (U_(AC)), and in a feed-in mode of operation the inverter (3) is connected via a switching device (4) to the supply grid (5), or to the load, together with an inverter (3) for executing the method. For conservation of the switching device (4) the input power (P_(e)) of the photovoltaic modules (2) is determined in a test procedure, and the switching device (4) of the inverter (3) is activated if the input power (P_(e)) of the photovoltaic modules (2) as determined is greater than or equal to a specified minimum input power (P_(e,min)).
Fronius International GmbH | Date: 2015-05-14
In order to reduce the problems with sharp-edged control voltages of semiconductor switching elements, it is provided that the control terminal (6) of the semiconductor switching element (1) is connected to the output terminal (7) of the semiconductor switching element (1) via a ramp generation unit (5), and the ramp generation unit (5) flattens the sharply ascending and descending edges of the driver control voltage (V_(S)) into the form of a ramp, in order to generate a transistor control voltage (V_(G)) at the output of the ramp generation unit (5).
Fronius International GmbH | Date: 2016-04-15
A device and a method for contacting a welding wire in a welding torch includes at least two contact shells having a contact area for contacting the welding wire. In order to make the contact of the welding wire as constant and permanent as possible during the lifetime of a contacting device, the contact shells have a holding section and are arranged inside a sleeve to define a rotational axis, the sleeve being fastened to a nozzle pipe having an integrated pressure mechanism. The pressure mechanism is adapted to exert pressure on the contact shells. The sleeve includes a holding device for exerting a counter-force onto the contact shells. The welding wire is contacted in the contact area of the contact shells with a contact force.