Net Zero for transportation in the UK

Date: 01.01.2022

Power Electronics

The role of compound semiconductors on the road to Net Zero

The UK has pledged to reduce emissions from the transport sector to zero by replacing all the petrol and diesel cars with zero-emission battery-electric vehicles by 2050.

The success of this will depend upon three key aspects: the technological advancements in EVs, robust charging infrastructure and the role of society in adopting the new transport system.

Compound semiconductors will play a crucial role in the development of EV technology; they find their application in the powertrains and power electronics required in an EV.

They have significantly higher efficiencies than Si-based modules and generate less heat, and hence need smaller cooling systems, thus reducing the weight. They are also being exploited for wireless charging devices for EVs.