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Industry, and manufacturing factories, in particular, use a tremendous amount of electricity, much of which comes from fossil fuels. One reason for this is that factories are operated on alternating current (AC). Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institutes for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA and for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB are now working on switching the energy supply of industrial manufacturing factories to direct current (DC) for the long term.

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