Four power trends for 2020

December 11, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
Four power trends for 2020
Gallium nitride chip designer GaN Systems has released its top four power trends for 2020

GaN Systems has been looking at the power trends for data centres, electric vehicles, renewable energy systems, industrial motors and consumer electronics over the next 12 months.

Electric Vehicles

In 2019, it became increasingly clear that the near future of transportation revolves around electric vehicles, and in the longer term around autonomous vehicles that are also electric. Today, there are 5.1 million electric vehicles on global roads. The stage is set for a massive hit to the global energy grid as 125 million electric vehicles are expected to be on the roads by 2035. The evolution of the design of Chargers and Traction Inverters will play a major role in automotive design studios in 2020, and then onto the public roads in the years following. In order to address the long-standing issue of ‘range anxiety,’ the number of public electric charging stations will continue to grow, with an increasing focus on solar power and plug standardization.

In 2020, GaN Systems predicts: 

  • Designs from major automotive manufacturers will focus on increased efficiency, power density and reduced weight with a focus on Chargers and Traction Inverters.
  • Battery technology will continue to improve and then, combined with lighter weight vehicles, will contribute to increase vehicle range and consumer acceptance.
  • Autonomous Vehicles will see technology evolution in Level 2 to Level 3 autonomy and improved safety systems using LiDAR with GaN technology  used in the design of higher power, longer range detection systems 

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