Including power generation and operational equipment. Power Electronics module manufacturers invest millions of dollars to make these devices as efficient as possible, aiming primarily to reduce waste heat. However, even with efficiency gains at the module level, overall waste heat is rising across the industry due to more system and user driven functional requirements. Increased system capability leads to higher power densities and more waste heat! Selecting off the shelf thermal solutions is no longer a viable option for applications that are pushing the envelope on power and operating efficiency.
Investing in an optimal thermal solution can be the design change with the largest payback potential in a high power system. If properly designed, the thermal management system should not only meet performance requirements, but do so while minimizing energy usage.