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Nanoelectronics group aims for energy savings

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:energy savings? energy efficiency? research?

Reinforcing worldwide efforts to conserve energy, the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) has designated increased energy efficiency of electronic equipment as its major research target.

According to ENIAC chairman Wolfgang Ziebart, up to 30 percent of the world's electrical energy consumption could be saved by using intelligent energy management functions, believes ENIAC Chairman Wolfgang Ziebart. "The technology leadership of European companies in the area of increasing the energy efficiency will be secured by our research initiatives supporting the development of more efficient technologies," the Ziebart said in a statement. He added that a 25 percent increase in global energy efficiency would equal the total annual electric energy demand of the United States.

Under the ENIAC umbrella, industry and universities will collaborate in large R&D projects that will focus on semiconductors and new materials that will eventually enable to run power supplies, motors, lighting and computing systems with reduced losses.

The EU Commission plans to contribute about $568 million over the next six years to the project, said Norbert Lehner, chairman of the ENIAC support group. In the next step, the EU member states will work out funding details, which will then be followed by dedicated project proposals submitted by consortia, Lehner explained.

Besides energy efficiency, ENIAC's research will also tackle health, mobility and transport, security, communication and education and entertainment, all with respect to nanoelectronics.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
EE Times

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