SEMIKRON turns to green electricity
Manufacturing using sustainable energy
SEMIKRON chips, components, and systems can be found across the globe in applications where electrical energy needs to be regulated and converted. The use of power electronics enables energy from renewable sources to be efficiently harnessed in order to bring about substantial energy savings. Around 40% of primary energy takes the form of electrical power. If every single electrical consumer were provided only with the precise amount of energy that it requires at that given moment in time, a third of the total amount of electrical energy consumed could be saved. This is where power electronics take on enormous importance as a cross-sectoral technology.
In addition to making products with low environmental impact, and likewise in the field of renewable energy, environmental aspects such as control of air and water pollution control, soil conservation, and consumption of resources and energy play an important role in production for SEMIKRON, influencing the design of production processes. Ongoing improvements to processes and constant modernisation of manufacturing facilities have led to a continuous reduction in the consumption of water and chemicals as well as in the use of energy in relation to manufacturing output. The negative effect on CO2 emissions from electricity production owing to the increased proportion of coal-fired power stations in Germany has prompted us to significantly improve our CO2 footprint through the targeted purchase of electricity from renewable energy sources. This makes it possible to reduce pollutant emissions by around 11,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
SEMIKRON International GmbH
SEMIKRON is active worldwide and primarily manufactures power electronics components and systems for the mid-range power segment (approx. 2 kW to 10 MW). Applications include variable speed industrial drives, automation engineering, welding systems, and lifts. Further application areas include uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), renewable energies (wind and solar power), and electric/hybrid vehicles (commercial vehicles and forklift trucks). The family business is based in Nuremberg. It was founded in 1951 and now employs over 3,000 people around the world. An international network comprising 37 companies with production locations in Brazil, China, Germany, France, India, Italy, Korea, Slovakia, South Africa, and the US guarantees fast and comprehensive on-the-spot service for customers. SEMIKRON further extended its distribution channels in 2009 with the founding of its subsidiary SindoPower. SindoPower is an e-commerce company which sells power electronics products online and also offers competent technical advice to small and medium-sized businesses.