The U.S. and its allies plan to impose sanctions on more Russian industries and supply chains.
The US government representatives recently visited Europe to consult with allies on strengthening and enforcing sanctions to punish Russia. They also plan to take action to disrupt their critical supply chains.
The US government claims that the sanctions imposed on Russia since the invasion began on February 24 have proved extremely effective, plunging Russia into a financial crisis. The sanctions include a freeze on the Russian central bank's foreign exchange assets, a ban on hard currency transactions by major Russian banks and wealthy individuals, and export restrictions on advanced semiconductors and other technologies. The sanctions have weakened the Russian economy and left the Kremlin with fewer resources.
The volatile international political situations will continue to affect the markets and prices of many commodities like the silicon carbide powder.
What is Silicon Carbide SiC?
Silicon carbide (SiC) is a hard compound containing silicon and carbon. A semiconductor, it is found in nature in the form of the extremely rare mineral moxanite.
It has been mass-produced in powder and crystal form since 1893 for use as an abrasive. Silicon carbide particles can be sintered together to form very hard ceramics that are widely used in applications requiring high durability, such as ceramic plates in car brakes, car clutches, and bulletproof vests. Large silicon carbide single crystals can be grown by the Lely method, and they can be cut into gemstones called synthetic mossanes.
What can Silicon Carbide Devices Bring to New Energy Vehicles?
Silicon carbide power devices have been used in critical power systems inside electric vehicles, including traction inverters, on-board chargers (OBC), and DC-DC converters. Key advantages over traditional silicon devices include higher voltage and higher frequency features, resulting in higher system efficiency, faster switching, lower losses, and better thermal management. Compared with silicon-based devices, silicon carbide devices have the following advantages:
The use of silicon carbide devices can make the driving motor bear more input power at low speed, and because of its high thermal performance, not afraid of the thermal effect and power loss caused by excessive current. When the vehicle starts, the driving motor can output more torque and obtain stronger acceleration ability.
SiC devices can reduce the loss through two dimensions of conduction/switching, so as to achieve the purpose of increasing the range of electric vehicles. The results show that the turn-off loss of sic-MOS is about 20% of that of Si-IGBT at 25°C junction temperature. At 175°C junction temperature, the turn-off loss of sic-MOS is only 10% of that of SI-IGBT. In general, the use of SiC devices in new energy vehicles can increase the driving range by 5-10%, and the average driving range is more than 600 kilometers.
High rated voltage
Silicon carbide MOSFET has a higher voltage rating, making the technology suitable for EV applications and EV quick charging infrastructure. More importantly, the SiC can be replaced directly without major changes, enabling rapid development while keeping the BOM low.
To achieve lightweight thanks to the superior performance of SiC, SiC devices can achieve the effect of reducing the volume in the following aspects:
1, the package size is smaller, and the average weight is reduced by 150 to 200 kg;
2, reduce the use of filters and passive devices such as transformers, capacitors, inductors, etc.;
3, reduce the radiator volume.
At present, the price of SiC devices is 4-6 times that of silicon based devices, but the use of SiC devices to achieve a substantial reduction in battery cost and the improvement of the range, reducing the overall cost of the vehicle.
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Gas prices in European countries are expected to triple if Russian supplies are restricted, according to a press release from Rystad Energy, a Norwegian Energy consultancy.
The price of natural gas in Europe was $1,200 per 1,000 cubic meters on Tuesday. The benchmark price is already 300 percent higher than a year ago. European gas prices are expected to continue to soar to $3,500 per 1,000 cubic meters if Russian supplies are restricted, according to Analysis by Monitor.
In 2021, Russia delivered 155 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe, accounting for 31 percent of its gas supply, according to an analysis by Monitor Advisors. It would be difficult for Europe to replace Russian gas, which would also destabilize the global LNG market and have a profound impact on Europe's population and economy.
The analysis also said that if Russia stopped supplies now, Europe's current gas reserves would be exhausted by the end of the year, setting in for a cold winter.
In addition, affected by the geopolitical factors, the supply of the silicon carbide powder is erratic and thus its prices are expected to go higher in the future.
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