POWER2POWER: more energy, less environmental impact

Fagor participates in the Power2Power project, an ambitious European project that aims to provide more efficient silicon-based solutions and contribute to decarbonization.

The Power2Power project brings together 43 partners from 8 countries to develop silicon-based electrical semiconductors with higher energy efficiency and electrical density.

Increase performance

This type of technology will increase the performance of a large number of applications in industry, mobility, the supply network, and renewable energies; and it will contribute significantly to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.

Project partners have established pan-European pilot lines with advanced aspects of Industry 4.0 to develop innovative electrical electronic devices suitable for the future. 

They have prioritized silicon because it still outperforms new emerging materials for its high reliability and excellent price-performance ratio. Power2Power will strengthen the dominant position of silicon-based electrical semiconductors in the world market over the next decade.

The project began on June 1, 2019, has a duration of 3 years, and has a budget of 74,257,768.75 euros financed by the European Commission and the Ministry of Energy, Tourism, and Digital Agenda. 

The project is led by the German multinational Infineon Technologies AG, a world leader in semiconductor manufacturing.

 Minimize the impact on the carbon footprint 

Fagor Automation’s market model for control drive equipment requires many available references, of which the quantities demanded for each one are small.

This circumstance means that the costs are not those that would be achieved if the demand were concentrated in a few references.

With this project, Fagor aims to respond to its market of regulators for motors, optimizing costs in manufacturing, purchasing, management, warehousing, scrap, etc. ….

Fagor Automation has set itself the objective of rationalizing and reducing energy consumption, thus minimizing the impact of its activity on the carbon footprint. To do this, FAGOR is designing a new family of products that allow it to manufacture, with the minimum of materials, most of the product references that the market demands.

Basic power module 

Achieving this objective is possible by having a base element called IPBB (Inverter Power Building Block). It is a complete three-phase H, which includes the power IGBTs with the Gate Drivers, DC / DC converters, current sensor, DC-Link capacitor, cooler, and fan. All this forms a semi-finished base power. Combinations of these components generate different capacity Inverters / Converters that are multiples of the base power capacity, allowing the manufacture of a wide catalog of products such as that required by the Fagor Automation market. 

For the designed demonstrator, a box has been chosen that includes five IPBBs, called MACS (Multi-Axis Control System), which can form a compact module for a complete machine (milling machine) composed of a regenerative source plus ahead and three axes. And a lathe with a regenerative source, a dual power base head, and two axes. 

 

The versatility of the product allows you to combine the five IPBBs included in the box in any way you want, multiplying or not their base power capacity. 

Likewise, it is also possible to combine different MACS, enabling configurations for multi-axis machines of the desired power.