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  • Mitsubishi Electric Major Contribution to IEC Power Semiconductors for an Energy-Wise society White Paper

    Mitsubishi Electric Major Contribution to IEC “Power Semiconductors for an Energy-Wise society” White Paper

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    Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it played the key role in leading the project to draft the 2023 International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) White Paper entitled “Power Semiconductors for an Energy-Wise society,” which the IEC released on October 17. This is the first time for a White Paper, published annually since 2010, to issue recommendations for developing and expanding international standards and certification systems for power semiconductors.

    Each year, the IEC White Paper focuses on electrical, electronic and electromechanical technologies requiring international standardization, and makes related recommendations to the IEC and other organizations.

    Power semiconductors, one of Mitsubishi Electric’s core product lines, are expected to continue to advance technologically and be increasingly adopted as key devices that reduce power consumption and efficiently convert electrical energy, supporting the global drive toward carbon neutrality by 2050.

    New materials such as silicon carbide (SiC) are being used in advanced power semiconductors for applications such as renewable energy and electric vehicles (EVs), but the development of international standards and certification systems for such devices is lagging. A lack of such standards and certifications could lead to a proliferation of nonconforming products and impede cooperation among manufacturers, users and regulators, thereby hindering the healthy growth of the power semiconductor global market.

    In response, Mitsubishi Electric initiated a White Paper project within the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB) in October 2022. Together with experts from around the world, the project team addressed issues related to power semiconductor technologies, markets, and regulations.

    The resulting White Paper summarizes the applications, sectors and technological trends of power semiconductors and highlights the need for the development, alignment, and expansion of respective international standards and certification systems. In particular, the White Paper focuses on the critical role that power semiconductor standards can play in helping to realize emission-free, carbon-neutral industries for a healthier and more prosperous world.

    The main points of the 2023 IEC White Paper include:

    • Current status and future trends of society, markets, and technologies related to power semiconductors and applications that are essential for realizing an “Energy-Wise society” in which energy is used wisely and efficiently.
    • Challenges facing the power semiconductor industry and solutions for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 through an integrated approach involving relevant regulatory, industry and international standardization organizations around the globe.
    • Recommendations for international standardization bodies, particularly the IEC, to establish a roadmap and guidelines for the development of international standards and conformity assessment systems for power semiconductors.

    The White Paper project team was led by Dr. Kazuhiko Tsutsumi, Mitsubishi Electric’s specially appointed technical advisor who also serves as IEC Vice President and Chair of the MSB, and included experts from Mitsubishi Electric’s Corporate Intellectual Property Division (Tokyo), Mitsubishi Electric’s Power Device Works (Fukuoka), Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. German Branch (Ratingen, Germany), as well as a team of international experts.

    Going forward, Mitsubishi Electric will collaborate with power semiconductor companies, users, and regulatory authorities to establish a roadmap for the creation of power semiconductor international standards as recommended in the 2023 IEC White Paper, with the aim of promoting the healthy growth of the power semiconductor market in the quest for carbon neutrality by 2050.

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  • IEC Published Power Semiconductors for an Energy-Wise Society White Paper 

    IEC Published “Power Semiconductors for an Energy-Wise Society” White Paper 

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    Power semiconductors are electronic components which are key enablers to tackling major challenges of decarbonization and digitization on the path to an energy-wise society.

    This IEC White Paper establishes the critical role that power semiconductors play in various aspects of modern industry and in society – from renewable power generation and transmission, electromobility, automated factories, energy-efficient data centres to smart cities and smart homes. It covers the various expected trends, opportunities and challenges surrounding the power semiconductors industry. Significant challenges are mentioned such as the need for change in industry practices when transitioning from linear to circular economies, and shortage of skilled personnel required for power semiconductor development.

    The white paper stresses the need for strategic actions at the policy-making level to address these concerns and calls for stronger government commitment, policies, and funding to advance power semiconductor technologies and integration. It demands recognition of the crucial role played by power semiconductors in global decarbonization efforts.

    It further highlights the pivotal role of standards in removing significant technical risks, increasing product quality and enabling faster market acceptance. According to the authors, IEC can play a leading role in promoting collaboration among stakeholders, aligning methodologies, and ensuring that international and national standardization bodies work closely with industry. Additionally, the white paper delivers recommendations to IEC stakeholders for collaborative structures and accelerating the development and adoption of standards.

    In a first for the IEC Market Strategy Board’s White Paper series, the authors aim to inspire the engagement of young professionals in the area.

    This white paper has been prepared by a project team representing a variety of organizations, working under the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB). The project team included representatives from semiconductor network businesses, academia, equipment vendors from around the world, and IEC Young Professionals. Dr Kazuhiko Tsutsumi, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and MSB Chair, served as the project sponsor. Dr Munaf Rahimo and Dr Iulian Nistor of MTAL GmbH served as coordinating authors and project partner.

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