German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies, headed the InduKOCH project which also included E.G.O. Group, a worldwide supplier for manufacturers of household appliances and the University of Bremen’s Institute for Electrical Drives, Power Electronics and Devices (IALB).
The project team has reduced the number of components that induction stoves require which means that in future standard induction stoves will not be much more expensive than a conventional stove. The new induction stoves achieve less power dissipation which means that the already energy-efficient induction methods will use even less electricity in the future.
Implementing InduKOCH, the number of German households with induction stoves could double from more than six million today (about 17 percent of all households in Germany) to about 12 million (about 30 percent). Assuming that for an induction stove an average of about 60 kWh less electricity per year has to be produced compared to that for a conventional electric stove, the resulting CO2 reduction is considerable. In Germany, the amount of CO2 reduction per year would correspond to the emissions of 100,000 cars (at an average annual distance traveled of 13,000 km). The calculation is based on an estimate of the German Federal Environment Agency from 2012 that the generation of a kilowatt-hour of electricity releases about 600 g of CO2.
”German households could profit from energy-saving and more affordable induction stoves already in 2014. Thanks to InduKOCH, replacing a conventional electric stove is now a lot more worth it,” explained Dr. Stephan Voss, developer at Infineon Technologies and project head of the research project InduKOCH.