Semiconductor in energy efficiency – Worldwide energy use is growing much faster than traditional supplies can match, but the semiconductor industry can help improve the efficiency of energy generation, distribution and consumption.
The dependence on fossil fuels through petroleum-driven transportation and coal-driven electricity has endured. Although global attention is now focused on clean and renewable sources, much R&D is needed for these alternative energy sources to become mainstream. Technology will play a key role both in improving the efficiency of the current energy ecosystem, and in enabling alternative ideas to transition from exciting research to widespread implementation.
Although there are many current uses of semiconductors, their application in future devices appears to be unlimited. New microprocessors and controllers will enable many devices to become ‘smart’ in ways that anticipate our needs and provide us with “to-the-minute” information. Already in testing, semiconductor technologies will further enable the nation’s utility grid to provide customers with “real time” pricing and feedback on their energy use. Several metropolitan areas are using traffic monitoring devices to enhance to flow of traffic in rush hour or inclement weather. With this broad review of both the technologies and their potential applications, we now explore nine different areas that will be better served by smart semiconductor-enabled technologies.
Major energy saving places to use –
- Motors and Motor Systems
- Smart Utility Grids
- Transportation Infrastructure
- Sensors and Controls
- Power Supply Systems
Information Communication Technologies
- Smart phones, PDAs
- Integrated Traffic Management
This is just a few from whole list and continuously increasing uses day by day.