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SEMIKRON Innovation Award and Young Engineer Award


Deadline for applications expires March 31, 2013 / award for innovations in projects, prototypes, services and new concepts for power electronics in Europe

Nuremberg, Germany, January 31, 2013. For the second time, the SEMIKRON foundation and the ECPE European Center for Power Electronics e.V. will issue the “SEMIKRON Innovation Award” and the “SEMIKRON Young Engineer Award“ at this year‘s PCIM Europe in Nuremberg. Applications must be submitted by March 31. The award ceremonies will be held at the forum at this year’s power electronics show, PCIM, in Nuremberg (May 14, 2013, 10:00am to 11:00am).

The awards are presented once a year during the “PCIM Europe” power electronics show in Nuremberg, Germany. The winners are selected in cooperation with the ECPE European Centre for Power Electronics. The top award is endowed with 10,000 Euro. There is also the “Young Engineer Award” for power electronics, endowed with 3,000 Euro, which is awarded to young engineers less than 30 years of age. Apart from the prize money, the criteria for the Young Engineer Award are the same as for the innovation award. Both self-submitted applications and suggestions by third parties are welcome.


The winners are selected by an independent jury of at least five people consisting of renowned representatives from research and industry. Applications can be submitted by individuals and engineering teams. In their applications, applicants need to outline the innovation they created and its expected social benefit.

Selection criteria: level of innovation and social benefit
Level of innovation:

The award goes to projects, prototypes, services and new concepts that have been created in Europe and that are the first of their kind in the market, that are used in an innovative application or that are absolute novelties, marking a new extraordinary level. Mere project proposals cannot be considered. The innovation should be verified by experiments or by simulation. The level of innovation is measured by international benchmarks.

Social benefit:

Another criterion is the innovation’s social benefit in terms of better energy efficiency, smarter use of resources, sustainability and environmental protection.