Power Generation and Smart Technology: Choosing the Right Power Converter
With the development of ‘smart’ and renewable energy technologies, the demand for reliable, efficient and compact power converters has become extremely high.
Greater demand means more producers creating power converters with different specifications. Manufacturers need to be sure that they are using the right power converter for their product.
Power converters are a vital part of our modern ‘smart’ world. Whether its improvements in renewable energy solutions, or the creation of smart power grids, smart homes, smart mobility and smart gadgets, each of these systems, and many more besides, are reliant on power converters. Technological innovations in the design and production of compact and efficient inverters, frequency converters, battery chargers, etc. have allowed us to create our streamlined ‘smart’ lifestyles. Without the ability to make power converters smaller and more efficient, we would not be able to utilize the technologies that are defining the first decades of the 21st Century.
In industry, the expansion of renewable energy technologies , Cleantech and electric mobility  has created a profound increase in the demand for power converters. In the consumer product sector, our increased reliance upon smart technology has meant we are plugging more devices into our power supplies than ever before.
These technologies all require the conversion of power in order to make sure the product works safely and efficiently. This, in turn, has pressured developers to create safe, reliable, efficient, and compact power converters capable of handling a wide range of input and output parameters.
Smart Consumer Products
Demand for power converters in the consumer product sector has been driven, in large part, by the emergence of smart building technologies. It allows our buildings and electronic equipment to communicate via the IoT (Internet of Things). Transmitting data and adjustment options automatically, in order to create a more efficient and healthy lifestyle.
Smart IoT compatible power converters have even been developed using a variety of technologies, including digital signal processing (DSP). This component is integral to the success of several current and emerging technologies, each of them reliant upon the ability of the power converter to communicate with other components and with the human operator via IoT.
These technologies include:
- Private solar/wind power generation and transfer of solar/wind energy to private consumers including: houses, apartments, company properties or even local public grids
- EVs (Electric Vehicles); frequency converters and inverters are key components in all types of EVs
- EV charging solutions (including wireless EV chargers)
- Local energy storage; apartments and houses with their own energy storage (battery) integrated in the apartment/property. A cost-effective alternative to transferring energy over long distances
- Heating pumps that transfer geothermal heat into the home
With power converters an integral part of so much of our modern life, this has created a problem for manufacturers of consumer products – how can they be sure they are using the right power converter for their product?
SGS Solutions: Help You Choose the Right Power Converter
Until recently, the power converter market was dominated by a few large companies but with increased demand has come the emergence of various smaller manufacturers, offering a large variety of products with various operational parameters.
Suppliers of electrical equipment, whether it is smart or traditional, must be certain that the power converter they use is perfectly suited for their product. The wrong power converter may cause the product to fail or run inefficiently, conditions which will ultimately lead to an expensive product recall.
SGS can help you avoid these costly mistakes. With a global network of electrical experts, SGS offers a one-stop solution for all power converter testing, inspection and certification services. Our team has extensive experience with industrial scale projects, home and property automations, and with small consumer products and/or limited series specialized components.
With several competence centers for battery testing, conveniently located around the globe, close to the major manufacturing hubs and the largest EV and consumer product markets, SGS is the right choice to help you choose the right power converter for your electronic system.
For more information:
Global Business Development
CRS – Electrical & Electronics
t: +34 628 311 795
Director Business Development
SGS Fimko Oy
t: +358 9 696 361