OMRON Launched Low-Heat Generating, High Power PCB Relay

Contributing to Realization of Decarbonized Society by Improving Energy Efficiency through Heat Generation Suppression

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India : OMRON’s electronic and mechanical component business division has announced the global launch of its High-Power PCB Relay – G9KA. This product improves the power generation efficiency of PV generation systems by minimizing energy loss caused by the heat generated by power conditioners, power supply equipment, and related equipment used in solar power generation systems. The industry-leading*¹ ultra-low contact resistance of 0.2mW*² suppresses the heat generated by the relay and improves the power generation efficiency of solar power generation systems, thereby accelerating renewable energy deployment and contributing to the realization of a decarbonized society.

High Power PCB Relay
High Power PCB Relay G9KA with Ultra-low Contact Resistance

In recent years, the effective use of limited energy resources has become a major social issue, and there is a need for highly efficient energy conversion in sustainable energy production. On the other hand, power generation facilities using renewable energy, such as solar power, generate energy loss due to the heat generated by the equipment during power generation, and the capacity and current of the facilities and equipment are increasing; therefore, countermeasures against heat generation have become an urgent issue.

One of the factors that can cause the equipment to generate heat is the relays mounted on the PC board inside the equipment. Relays are components used for executing ON/OFF control of the electric current flowing through the equipment when linked with the power system, and for safety shutoff in an emergency. Conventional high-power relays have a high contact resistance value, so energy loss due to heat generation has been an issue.

There were cases where heat dissipation mechanisms such as heatsinks and cooling fans had to be installed inside the equipment as a countermeasure against heat generation, and cases where the deterioration of the PC board due to the heat generated by the relay led to a decrease in the durable years of the equipment.

The G9KA can reduce the temperature rise of the relay about 30%*³ – compared with conventional high-power relays – by lowering the contact resistance to the industry-leading*¹ 0.2mW*². This product helps to reduce the size and weight of equipment by simplifying the heatsink and cooling fan that were installed as a countermeasure against heat generation. In addition, suppressing the heat generated by the relay leads to a reduction in the temperature rise of the PC board, thereby contributing to the longevity of the equipment.

OMRON will continue to contribute to the realization of a decarbonized society through its customers’ products and services by creating advanced devices and modules based on the technologies it has cultivated over many years and providing them globally.

Main Applications

Key Features of G9KA                                                  

  • Industry-leading*¹ ultra-low contact resistance (0.2mW) suppresses heat generation
  • Lowering the contact resistance of the relay to 0.2mW*² can suppress the temperature rise of the relay by about 30%*³ compared with conventional high-power relays.
  • The simplification of heat dissipation mechanisms, such as a heatsink installed in the equipment as a countermeasure against heat generation, reduces the number of parts and optimizes the design, thus contributing to the downsizing and weight reduction of the equipment.

The temperature rise and the deterioration of the PC board can be reduced by suppressing the heat generated by the relay, thereby contributing to the longevity of the equipment.


Comparison of temperature rise results when 200A relay is energized (simulation)
  • Supporting high-capacity applications

Capable of energizing and de-energizing 200A (800 VAC), this product can be used in equipment and applications where large current loads need to be cut off, and can also replace contactors that are primarily used for high-capacity power control applications. Compared to contactors with similar current capacity, the height of the component is reduced to about 1/3*⁴, which contributes to miniaturization of the equipment and space saving.

Main Specifications of G9KA

OMRON’s High Power PCB Relay Lineup

Main Specifications of OMRON’s High Power PCB Relays


Red frame: G9KA to be released this time

*¹ Industry-leading: As of May 2021 according to OMRON’s research  

Comparison of catalog values for relays with a maximum current of 200A

*² 0.2mW: Initial contact resistance value under the condition of 200A, 30 minutes

*³ About 30%: As of November 2020, according to OMRON’s research  

Comparison of the temperature rise when 200A is energized with a relay with equivalent performance of G9KA

*⁴ About 1/3: As of May 2021, according to OMRON’s research

*⁵ Use this product with the coil voltage reduced to the holding voltage when energized.

*⁶ 200A, 30 minutes

*⁷ Temperature condition: 85°C

*⁸ When the coil rated voltage is applied

*⁹ When the coil holding voltage is 35%

*¹⁰ When the coil holding voltage is 35% to 50% (rated ratio)

*¹¹ L: Length  W: Width  H: Height