MUNICH, Germany The European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) has named increased energy efficiency of electronic equipment as a major research target. Up to 30 percent of the world's electrical energy consumption could be saved by using intelligent energy management functions, believes ENIAC Chairman Wolfgang Ziebart.
ENIAC now plans to boost research for more energy efficient electronics; European companies have an edge in energy-saving technologies anyway, believes Ziebart. "The technology leadership of European companies in the area of increasing the energy efficiency will be secured by our research initiatives supporting the development of more efficient technologies," the Chairman said in a press release, adding that a 25 percent increase in global energy efficiency would equal the total annual electric energy demand of the USA.
Under the ENIAC umbrella, industry and universities will collaborate in large R&D projects. These projects will focus on semiconductors and new materials that eventually will enable to run power supplies, motors, lighting and computing systems with reduced losses, the council announced.
It is expected, that in November, the European Council will decide to start the ENIAC Joint Undertaking. The EU Commission plans to contribute more than 400 million (about $568 million) over the next six years; up to twice as much is expected from the member states, said Norbert Lehner, chairman of the ENIAC support group. In the next step, the EU member states will work out funding details which then will be followed by dedicated project proposals submitted by consortia, Lehner explained.
Besides energy efficiency, ENIAC's research topics will be "health", "mobility and transport", "security", "communication" and "education and entertainment"– all with respect to nanoelectronics. A sister activity of ENIAC is ARTEMIS, dedicated to the development of embedded systems.