Danfoss and General Electric join forces in strategic collaboration
The SiC power modules will create smaller, faster, and more effective electronic devices, and are expected to revolutionize the technology within solar and wind energy as well as the future generations of electric and hybrid cars.
The transatlantic collaboration between Danfoss and GE will be part of New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium (NY-PEMC) in Utica, upstate New York. The private-public consortium and other similar programs were established in 2014 by the state of New York with a total investment of more than USD 20 billion for the creation of high-tech jobs.
In 2018, Danfoss Silicon Power will establish SiC power modules packaging operations in Utica, and is expected to create numerous of jobs in the coming years.
“This is a very important step for Danfoss, as the US is our biggest market and essential to our business. The cooperation with GE has great strategic impact for Danfoss – it is important for our future growth plans in the US, and we have big expectations for the further developments in this highly-specialized area,” says President and CEO in Danfoss, Kim Fausing.
With 330,000 employees, GE is one of the world’s leading industrial companies. It has spent millions of dollars in developing the ultra-thin SiC chips.
Danfoss Silicon Power, based in Flensburg, in Germany, is part of the Danfoss Group, which has more than 25,000 employees globally. Danfoss Silicon Power is a leading manufacturer of power modules, which are used in a wide range of applications for the industrial, renewable energy and automotive sectors. They have provided power modules for more than 25 million, mainly European cars.
"Danfoss Silicon Power is gaining a unique position as the only independent SiC module manufacturer in the US and GE has been a customer from day one. Similarly, it has opened the door to the US market, where demand for the power modules manufactured by Danfoss Silicon Power is expected to grow explosively," says Claus A. Petersen, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Danfoss Silicon Power.
About SiC power modules:
The SiC power modules are the answer to the global demand for smaller, faster end more effective electronic devices. For example, SiC power modules can reduce power consumption in electric vehicles by 10% and the energy consumption in data centers by 5%, just as they can lower the weight of an airplane by 500 kilos. In the future, the power modules are also expected to be applied in other sectors like shipping, offshore and hospitals.