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Soon it will be Christmas!

December is a good time to reflect on the passing year. The world is facing global warming and plastic pollution in the oceans. We must be more careful of what we consume and how we travel. As a first step, we will reduce our usual Christmas greeting cards and instead, donate the amount saved to a charity organization. We must decide on the organization that will get the donation - we will let you know our decision in January.

Watch out for our new website that will be live in December! Our online archive carries all 164 issues of my magazine for free download. That means 1506 technical articles in total. Our average page count for the year is nearly 900 pages, multiplied by 15 Years, so about 13,500 pages of important information f...

Soon it will be Christmas!

December is a good time to reflect on the passing year. The world is facing global warming and plastic pollution in the oceans. We must be more careful of what we consume and how we travel. As a first step, we will reduce our usual Christmas greeting cards and instead, donate the amount saved to a charity organization. We must decide on the organization that will get the donation - we will let you know our decision in January.

Watch out for our new website that will be live in December! Our online archive carries all 164 issues of my magazine for free download. That means 1506 technical articles in total. Our average page count for the year is nearly 900 pages, multiplied by 15 Years, so about 13,500 pages of important information for power engineers. In total, we have mailed 72,000 Kg of magazines so far. As the reader you have the option to read my magazine either in print or electronically. That can help reduce energy and waste. Still, most of my readers are choosing the print option.

Wide band gap semiconductors will change the world to a more efficient one - it is all about heat dissipation in power electronics. If we are more efficient, we will reduce heat dissipation. This is a very simple statement, but with a lot of implications. I practiced this in the mid-80s replacing bipolar transistors with MOSFETs, and then these with IGBTs in applications at line voltage. The benefit at that time was to reduce heat dissipation and smaller heat sinks. I remember one application in the textile industry where using an IGBT made airflow through the inverter unnecessary. This resulted in no dirt in the sealed inverter and an increase in reliability. This equipment in the textile industry still has worldwide usage, with a significant improvement in maintenance and a reduction in cost. Wide band gap devices have the same effect as the introduction of IGBTs more than 30 years ago. SiC devices are taking over at this point from silicon IGBTs that have been the workhorse for about three decades. As engineers, we have to work to keep our world attractive for the next generations.

In December our third Wide Band Gap Conference will take place in Munich, again in cooperation with AspenCore handling the administration. The program is finalized - a record of over thirty papers, with important leaders in power electronics talking about their progress. A high-quality audience is guaranteed, so besides the presentations and the tabletop, networking will be of great value. Visit www.power-conference.com to book your ticket last minute. I am looking forward to seeing you in Munich and chatting about your progress.

Bodo's magazine is delivered by postal service to all places in the world. It is the only magazine that spreads technical information on power electronics globally. We have EETech as a partner serving North America efficiently. If you are using any kind of tablet or smart phone, you will find all of our content on the website www.eepower.com. If you speak the language, or just want to have a look, don’t miss our Chinese version: www.bodospowerchina.com

My Green Power Tip for the Month:
Use battery-free toys for Christmas presents. The environment will benefit.
Sometimes kids even like to play with the box, as it can be more attractive than the toy.

Merry Christmas
Bodo



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