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23 August 2019

PowerAmerica awards $24m to 24 new projects to advance wide-bandgap technology in USA

The PowerAmerica Institute at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, NC – a member of Manufacturing USA – has awarded $24m in funding to 24 new member projects that aim to enhance wide-bandgap technologies in the USA.

“These projects are instrumental in fulfilling PowerAmerica’s mission of accelerating commercialization of wide-bandgap power electronics,” says PowerAmerica executive director & chief technology officer Victor Veliadis. “They also aim to expeditiously produce a highly skilled workforce, which is key in creating the large wide-bandgap demand that spurs mass manufacturing with its cost-lowering benefits,” he adds. “To date, projects funded by the institute have contributed to the development of more efficient power electronics that benefit a range of applications – from electric vehicles to renewable energy and data centers.”

The latest round of projects encompasses a number of applications – from heavy-duty vehicles to medium-voltage motor drives to high-efficiency power conversion for transportation refrigeration unit to energy storage. Recipients include companies such as John Deere, Toshiba and General Electric Aviation Systems as well as leading universities, and the projects involve many examples of collaborative partnerships.

The projects were selected based on applications received through the 2018 Call for Projects and are funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and funding recipients through a cost-share agreement. A detailed list of all projects with descriptions is available online at https://poweramericainstitute.org/member-projects.

Since being established in 2015, PowerAmerica has awarded more than $100m in funding to over 100 projects to further its mission of accelerating the adoption of wide-bandgap semiconductor technology in the USA.

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Tags: Power electronics

Visit: https://poweramericainstitute.org/member-projects

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