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Through the Energy To Smart Grid (E2SG) project, a German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)-supported research initiative, six German partner companies are working on new technologies for distributing power from the producer to the end consumer.

The three-year research project will aim to reduce power losses occurring in energy distribution by 20%. Infineon Technologies, an E2SG project manager, says it will be working with 31 partners in business and research from nine different countries.

The German research partners are focusing on smart meters and interfaces (voltage converters and communication technologies) connecting household appliances with the smart grid. In addition to Infineon, the German E2SG partners include the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Devices, Insta Elektro GmbH, NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH, RWTH Aachen University and Telefunken Semiconductors GmbH.

The E2SG project has a total budget of approximately 34 million euros. The German partners from business and research are shouldering 4.9 million euros, while the BMBF is contributing 4.4 million euros and ENIAC Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership focusing on nanoelectronics, is contributing 1.9 million euros.


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