Smart Lighting – New Features Impacting Energy Consumption

Smart lamps and luminaires are common in today’s lighting market. Smart lighting provides an opportunity for the consumer to benefit from wireless control of lighting products, e.g. by dimming, colour tuning and scheduling. These functions can provide energy saving but they also require energy consumption to supply standby power and gateways. In 2016, the first […]

A “life cycle thinking” approach to assess differences in the energy use of SiC vs. Si power semiconductors

Wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors have the potential to provide significant improvements in energy efficiency over conventional Silicon (Si) semiconductors. While the potential for energy efficiency gains is widely researched, the relation to the energy use during manufacturing processes remains insufficiently studied. This question is especially relevant for Silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors, as there are some […]

Switching Elements of the Thrifty Variety – GERMAN

Abstract: From cell phones to cars to data centers: The diverse electrical applications that visibly and invisibly shape our everyday life all contain switching elements made of semiconductor materials. These powerful electronic components have huge energy-savings potential that can be realized by using so-called wide-bandgap semiconductors. This is the conclusion of an expert report of […]

4E PECTA Factsheet for Term 2020 – 2024 (established phase)

PECTA is a collaboration of the governments of Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. The PECTA factsheet shares some basic information about PECTA goals and actual running tasks. Currently (January 2021) six tasks are up and running. For more information please download our factsheet.

Huge energy-savings by WBG semiconductors

This is one of the latest articles published by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) related to wide bandgap technology, and its potential promising applications for SiC and GaN Semiconductors.

Policy Brief – Wireless Charging Energy Use

This briefing summarises the key findings of the EDNA report Global Forecast of Energy Use for Wireless Charging, which estimates the additional global energy that would be consumed if wireless charging is adopted for a wide range of small consumer devices

Policy Brief – Energy Harvesting Technologies for IoT

This briefing summarises the key findings of the EDNA report Energy Harvesting Technologies for IoT Edge Devices, which explores the potential to deploy Energy Harvesting Technologies (EHTs) to convert energy from the surroundings into electricity, in order to power small internet of things (IoT) devices

PECTA Pre-scoping study – New power electronic materials and devices and its impact on the energy efficiency – Assessment Study for 4E Annex preparation

In the beginning of 2017, a new Annex to the IEA 4E TCP (Technology Collaboration Program of Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment) has been planned. The Power Electronic Conversion Technology Annex (PECTA) is designed as a platform to assess the efficiency benefit of using the emerging WBG technology. This report is part of the PECTA preparation […]

Policy Brief – Energy Aware Devices

This briefing summarises the key findings of the report Energy Aware Devices – Study of Policy Opportunities, which outlines why and how network-connected devices can be cost-effectively harnessed to report their own, individual energy consumption

Lessons Learnt Bringing LEDs to Market

The purpose of this report is to provide policy makers with examples and a summary of how IEA 4E SSL Annex member countries’ have introduced and promoted LED illumination products in their respective markets. This report highlights key policy and