Silicon Carbide: An Eco-Friendly Alternative

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Rising demand in the steel manufacturing and steel recycling industries and the dependence of electronics & semiconductors on silicon carbide are factors that are expected to drive SiC demand in coming years. Asia Pacific was the leading market for silicon carbide in 2012 and accounted for more than 50% of the global demand. Electronics & semiconductors, and automotive and steel & energy were the major markets driving sales for silicon carbide in Asia Pacific, making it the biggest market in terms of volume.

We never know how far we can run with our desire and dreams. It is just until we inspire ourselves from within, we can realize our true capabilities.  Such boundless endeavor has resulted in technological advances and discovered new tools and techniques that have helped human-kind to live a comfortable life.

We have consistently used natural resource from primitive times. Today, humans have developed a much better ways to harness the natural resources that has caused shortage of vital resources. However, with growing environmental consciousness, there has been developments in eco-friendly technologies.

Silicon carbide is the material that has been accepted as future power generator. Hence, it is now utilized as a part of creating power for one of the underground railway routes in Japan. The undertaking is known as Giza Line tests. According to Mitsubishi, leveraging Silicon Carbide for producing power will end up being proficient.

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Silicon Carbide has various preferences over Silicon; one of them is of more extensive bandgap that makes the gear run at an amazing temperature of 600 °c. Likewise, Silicon Carbide has a breakdown Voltage of more than 10 times of Silicon, making it powerful. Silicon Carbide has high warm conductivity, permitting it to oversee high power.

At present Cree, Rohm, Infineon are small firms that manage SIC gear Market. However, the business sector of Silicon is expected to develop exponentially in future. Thus, we can see new firms connecting with Silicon Carbide Equipment market. Mitsubishi Electrics is one such developing organization that was instrumental in Giza Line test.

Between the end of July and August 17 last year, we recorded a 38.6 percent energy savings compared to a conventional system,” says Hirotoshi Shiratori, head of Mitsubishi’s transport systems engineering section.“This included the increased regenerated power from a new regenerative braking system that is also part of the installation.”


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