The energy efficiency of industrial drives is a key factor since electric motors account for most of the electric energy consumed by industry. Therefore, a large amount of effort is required by semiconductor manufacturers to enhance the performance of power devices used in the converter stages. ST’s latest SiC MOSFET technology is setting new performance benchmarks in the power switching arena. This paper highlights the benefits of using SiC MOSFETs in industrial drives instead of Si IGBTs in terms of energy efficiency, heatsink size and cost savings.