(ADPnews) - Dec 14, 2010 - German semiconductor maker Infineon (ETR:IFX) announced today it had joined the Neuland project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which aims to explore new ways for the efficient use of electricity from renewable sources.
The project will run until the middle of 2013 and will be headed by Infineon.
Semiconductor firms Azzurro Semiconductors and MicroGaN, German high-quality single crystalline silicon carbide producer SiCrystal, as well as German solar-tech company SMA Solar (ETR:S92) also participate in the project consortium.
The Neuland project aims to reduce the losses in feeding electricity into the grid, in photovoltaic inverters, by as much as 50% – without significantly increasing system costs. This is to be achieved using innovative semiconductor devices based on silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride on silicon (GaN-on-Si).