Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the energy industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. So, let’s take a look at promising power electronics solutions disrupting grid modernization.
Heat Map: 3 Top Power Electronics Startups
For our 3 picks of power electronics startups, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 3 interesting examples out of 123 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Volex Power – Solid State Transformer
A Solid-State Transformer is an improvement over the conventional transformer enabled by using power semiconductors such as Silicon Carbide (SiC) and other Wideband gap semiconductors within the power converter components. A Solid-State Transformer’s design is more compact, the transformer can operate at a much higher frequency and can actively regulate voltage and current which conventional transformers cannot. Israeli Volex Power uses power electronics to develop a Solid State Transformer that can be used to replace existing infrastructure and create a more flexible, fast and dynamic smart power grid.
Sailing Commercial – Ultra High Voltage Direct Current (UHVDC)
As the capabilities of power generation increase over time, the means of transmitting the generated power also need to increase in order to minimize the transmission loss over long distances. Modern UHVDC systems utilize power electronics and the highest power rating thyristors to manage the flow of electricity. Sailing Commercial, a company from China, specializes in manufacturing power semiconductors such as thyristors for applications involving the transmission of very high levels of current.
Synvertec – Synthetic Grid Inertia
Synthetic Grid Inertia is a very important aspect of renewable energy-based power generation. Grid Inertia is a naturally occurring phenomenon in a conventional power plant which occurs using rotating synchronous generators. The rotational inertia produced by them plays a vital role in the stability of the electrical system and helps balance the power generation vs power usage. Power electronics-based inverter can synthetically introduce grid inertia to bring stability to renewable energy generation plants. Israeli-based Synvertec designs and manufactures a patented control algorithm that interacts with inverter switches to emulate the properties of grind inertia produced by a synchronous generator. Synvertec’s system can be integrated into renewable energy inverters to enhance grid stability.
What About The Other 120 Power Electronics Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 3 power electronics startups showcased above are promising examples out of 123 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.