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Technology transfer in induction technology applied to appliances

The Power Electronics and Microelectronics Group (GEPM) of the I3A has worked in the research and developement of six generations of domestic induction appliances, developing a technology leader in the world (including two new generations in the last five years) that has been transferred to the group BSH (Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances Group). Today, BSH manufactures over 600,000 induction hobs a year at its plant in Montañana (Zaragoza), sold in the European and North American market with different brands: Bosch, Siemens, Balay, Lynx, Neff, Gaggenau and Thermador. BSH is the European market leader in induction (37% market share in Europe and 50% in Spain). Currently exports 70% of its production.

In this research line our group is participating in a University-Company mixed team, currently focusing on both long term research activities (often addressing issues of more general interest), primarily conducted by staff of the University , and short term applied research or specific developments, carried out primarily by the staff of the Company. Within the team outputs are achieved by public research projects, applied research contracts, publications, patents, theses, final projects and collaboration in teaching.

The team highlights numerous patents in operation (23 international in the last five years) with direct participation of the group, as well as considerable effort (rare in this area) to disseminate the main scientific and technical contributions through publications and impact prestigious conferences, being in this respect our group the most prominent in this field. It is also worth noting that, as a result of this way of collaboration between us, benefits have a deep impact for the company and the region, with the implementation of the Competence Center forGlobal Induction (Induction Competence Center) for the whole group BSH, which means that all production is designed (R&D+ i) and manufactured at the plant in Montañana BSH (Zaragoza), thereby generating wealth and Jobs in our near area.

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