Future of sustainable electronics
We contribute to global environmental sustainability by improving the power efficiency of semiconductor components and optimizing their manufacturing process
Recent developments in compound semiconductor applications as high-efficiency power devices, light emitters, and sensing devices demonstrate their undeniable positive impact on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Identified as one of the Key Enabling Technologies by the EU, semiconductors will play a major role in shaping the industrial future of the world.
ICT global energy consumption
Global energy consumption associated with Information & Communications Technology alone is expected to reach 2500TWh annually by 2025. According to various sources, driven by rapid digitalization it will be reaching up to 20% of total power consumption worldwide. Behind this trend is a fast-growing number of consumer electronics such as TVs, computers - which is projected to reach 30.9 billion units worldwide by 2025. All of these devices contain multiple semiconductor components - the prime source of power usage.
Today, smartphones alone are estimated to consume up to 6000 GWh of energy per year - more than the annual output of a large nuclear plant. Lion's share of it is due to various crucial semiconductor devices. With Kontrox, power consumption can be drastically reduced through transforming the properties of compound semiconductor materials and enabling mass adoption of greener technologies such as microLED instead of OLED and LCD.
MicroLED - a more sustainable display technology
Since displays are the most significant source of energy consumption in the majority of consumer electronic devices, replacing the existing OLED and LCD displays with microLED would save up to 360TWh /year - the equivalent to all renewable energy produced in the EU in 2019.
Apart from enabling huge energy saving through advanced display technology, Kontrox also shows significant improvement for semiconductor materials used in RF power amplifiers, sensors, and microprocessors. For example in smartphones, Kontrox can reduce the device's total energy consumption by up to 35% - an enormous number when applied on a global scale. Applying the technology to other consumer devices would ultimately transform the energy usage within ICT worldwide and have a remarkable environmental impact.
Waste material reduction
Semiconductor manufacturing processes involve multiple manufacturing stages and hundreds of generic materials to achieve the final product. Thus, the industry generates significant quantities of spent solvents, liquids containing metals, and other hazardous waste.
The amount of waste is directly linked to manufacturing yields that are largely affected by the number of material or dimensional non-uniformities. Simply put – the higher the yield is, the less waste is produced. Kontrox has proven to transform material surfaces into almost defect-free crystalline layers, thus improving material homogeneity and significantly increasing manufacturing yields. This leads to a “cleaner” production process with less waste generated.