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German alliance puts IGBTs to work in kitchens

Posted: 19 Oct 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:home appliance? induction? IGBT? University of Bremen? smart home?

A more energy efficient kitchen is the goal of three German industrial and research giants, which formed an alliance under the sponsorship of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Infineon, the University of Bremen's Institute for Electrical Drives, Power Electronics and Devices, and E.G.O., a supplier to manufacturers of household appliances, formed the InduKOCH technology cooperation group to develop energy efficient kitchen appliances and technologies.

The three agreed to pool their resources until mid-2013 to boost research into energy efficient cooking and kitchen processes such as the use of IGBTs in induction cooking. E.G.O. plans to create induction cookers with improved heating properties using IGBTs, which switch the high-frequency currents of the induction coils that cook the food inside the containers.

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