Power electronics devices are used by almost all modern electrical devices -- from cell phones to electric cars -- and by the equipment controlling the power grid. Using inverters and converters, power electronics converts electricity into the voltage and current needed by the device.
Today's power electronics devices are not 100 percent efficient and some energy is lost as heat during the conversion process. Improving power electronics efficiency could cut U.S. electrical energy consumption significantly, according to
For more than 50 years, electronics devices have been built using silicon. As devices have shrunk and become faster, the technology is reaching the limits of silicon and researchers are seeking alternative materials and technologies.
A promising technology for improving power electronics efficiency is wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor devices. WBG semiconductors operate at high temperatures, frequencies, and voltages and could significantly increase the switching frequency and reduce power losses in power conversion processes.
The institute is the first of several that will form the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation. Each institute will serve as a regional hub designed to bridge the gap between applied research and product development, by serving as a "teaching factory" to train students and workers and providing shared assets to companies.
In addition to university and laboratory participants, 18 different industrial partners will contribute expertise and resources to the effort.
From 1994 to 2004, Huang was on the electrical and computer engineering faculty at
The institute will receive
In addition to
The 18 company partners include ABB, APEI, Avogy, Cree, Delphi, Delta Products, DfR Solutions, Gridbridge, Hesse Mechatronics,
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