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Energy Efficient Electronics: An objective, a resource, a market
Keywords: Energy, Efficiency, Power
From control electronics to power devices and LED lighting, from novel devices to novel packaging solutions, the semiconductor industry continues to contribute greatly to increasing energy productivity in the US. In application after application, the move from analog to digital yields greater functionality and greater efficiency. And efficiency is a huge hidden resource, delivering energy on the scale of power plants each and every year. In California alone, efficiency improvements have avoided 15 new power plants since 1980. New devices and improved designs open new inroads to markets with energy efficiency as the driver and energy efficiency is a huge business. Current estimates out of NREL and DOE are that the US can double energy productivity by 2030. McKinsey Global Institute has estimated that on a global scale annual investments of $170B could generate returns in excess of 17% and yield savings of $900B/yr by 2020. At the same time, electronic systems are under pressure to also be more efficient so the solution does not become part of the problem. From appliance standards and utility efforts on the demand side of the meter to network engineers seeking to make improvements to the grid, doing the same or more with less will both drive, and be driven by, the greater “silicon” industry for years to come.
Jeff Perkins,
Energy & Resource Solutions
north andover, Massachusetts
USA


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