ZF and Danfoss Silicon Power have increased their existing cooperation with a new partnership for silicon and silicon-carbide power modules.

The partners plan to improve the efficiency of electric drivelines by leveraging engineering and cost benefits at the interface between power modules and inverters.

"This is a robust long-term partnership that enables ZF and Danfoss to pool their strengths," said ZF E-Mobility Division head, Jörg Grotendorst,

"Coming together on this opens up significant innovation potential to improve the technical and commercial competitiveness of our inverters. We will utilise this advantage in all our drivetrain applications, from hybrid up to full electric applications."

The partnership will see the two companies engage in joint research and development, with Danfoss also supplying power modules for silicon applications. One of the first milestones in the new initiative is a supply contract for Danfoss power modules destined for large-scale ZF volume production projects.

Beside 400 Volt standard applications, the two companies have also begun co-developing an 800 Volt Silicon Carbide power module for an unnamed large volume production project.

ZF's E-Mobility division supplies electric drive systems and components, while Danfoss Silicon power (DSP) is a specialist in silicon and silicon-carbide power modules.

"We believe this closer cooperation between Danfoss and ZF has the potential to be a game changer for the development and innovation of future drivetrains for electrification of vehicles," added Danfoss CEO, Kim Fausing.

"Together we can enable acceleration of the transition of the transport sector."

Danfoss' power modules could also use power-chips developed by ZF in the recently announced cooperation with semiconductor specialist, Cree.

Since January, 2016, ZF has bundled its electromobility activities in the E-Mobility Division headquartered in Schweinfurt, Germany. More than 9,000 employees work in the division, spread across various locations around the world.

Danfoss Silicon Power is a subsidiary of the Danfoss Group, the largest industrial company in Denmark.

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