New Member-Driven WBG Projects Kick Off

PowerAmerica is pleased to announce the recent kickoff of four new projects to accelerate SiC and GaN technology – selected by members. As part of membership in PowerAmerica, members utilize their dues to fund wide bandgap projects that they select based on areas of interest to PowerAmerica membership and the SiC and GaN ecosystem. Want to have a voice in driving the wide bandgap power electronics industry forward in the U.S.? Reach out to our Membership Director Jim LeMunyon about joining PowerAmerica.

The member-initiated projects are:

  • Quantifying Power Device Reliability Due to Terrestrial and Other Radiation Sources (Akin Akturk, CoolCAD Electronics)
  • Establish an Independent Testing Facility to Perform Reliability Analysis of Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Devices (Stephen Bayne, Texas Tech/Group NIRE)
  • High Voltage Bi-Directional On-Board Charger with Integrated PCB Winding Magnetic Components (Qiang Li, Virginia Tech)
  • Short-Circuit Behavior and Protection of Next Generation 1.2kV SiC Modules (Jin Wang, The Ohio State University)

PowerAmerica to Showcase Significant Progress in the Adoption of Wide Bandgap Power Electronics Technology at APEC 2019

As part of Manufacturing USA, the PowerAmerica Institute and its member companies have gained acclaim for expanding the commercialization of the U.S. wide bandgap semiconductor industry

ANAHEIM, CA (March 6, 2019) – The PowerAmerica Institute, a Department of Energy-backed Manufacturing USA institute at N.C. State University, is exhibiting at the 2019 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) in Anaheim, California, from March 17 – 21 at the Anaheim Convention Center. During APEC, representatives from PowerAmerica will be onsite to share with attendees the significant progress the institute has made toward advancing the development and adoption of wide bandgap semiconductor technology in the United States. To date, the institute has provided approximately $100 million in funding to more than 120 projects aimed at driving the industry toward the widespread adoption of next generation silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) power electronics technology. A complete description of these projects is contained in the institute’s recently released annual report, entitled “Transforming U.S. Manufacturing Through Advances in Wide Bandgap Power Electronics, One Innovation at a Time.” A complete list of PowerAmerica members presenting at APEC can be viewed here.

The power electronics trade media has also taken notice of the significant contributions the institute and its members have made to the industry. In its latest issue, the editor of Power Systems Design North America, Jason Lomberg, called PowerAmerica a key player in the effort to overcome the cost hurdle faced by wide bandgap technologies, noting that institutes like PowerAmerica will “drive down prices – and the future looks bright.”

In addition to exhibiting at Booth #466, PowerAmerica will host an industry panel, entitled “Advances in the Adoption of WBG Semiconductors in Commercial and Industrial Applications,” on Thursday, March 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. in Room 210BC. The panel will be chaired by Membership Director Jim LeMunyon, along with member companies UnitedSiC, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, ABB, Navitas, and GE.

PowerAmerica members exhibiting at APEC 2019 include GeneSiC, Navitas, UnitedSiC, and Wolfspeed. Several of these companies were highlighted for their commercial successes in PowerAmerica’s 2018 annual report, including:

  • GeneSiC, which is manufacturing and distributing 3.3kV SiC MOSFETS on a global scale, using the X-FAB foundry in Lubbock, Texas (the world’s only open SiC foundry and PowerAmerica’s largest project to date)
  • UnitedSiC, which is shipping SiC MOSFETs in volume for use in electric vehicles and industrial power supplies
  • Navitas, whose GaN integrated circuits are setting industry standards in energy efficiency, power density, and manufacturability for consumer adapters and charger applications.

PowerAmerica member companies such as Wolfspeed, John Deere, ABB, and others also have projects profiled in the reportand will participate in multiple technical sessions at APEC regarding wide bandgap technologies.

Additionally, PowerAmerica Deputy Executive Director and CTO Victor Veliadis has been selected as a mentor participant in the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) Mentoring Round Table at APEC 2019.

For more information about the PowerAmerica Institute, please visit Booth #466 at APEC 2019, navigate to www.poweramericainstitute.org, e-mail poweramerica@ncsu.edu, or call 919-515-6013.

Editor’s Note: To schedule an appointment with a PowerAmerica representative at APEC 2019, please contact Christina Sandidge, public relations specialist, BtB Marketing Communications, at christina.sandidge@btbmarketing.com or 919-872-8172.

About PowerAmerica
The PowerAmerica Institute at N.C. State University was founded in 2015 and is one of 14 Manufacturing USA Institutes nationwide. Each institute is focused on growing a sector of advanced manufacturing, making the U.S. better poised to compete economically on a global scale. PowerAmerica is backed by $70 million in funding from the Department of Energy, with matching funds from industry partners and the state of North Carolina. PowerAmerica’s mission is to save energy and create U.S. manufacturing jobs by accelerating the development and large-scale adoption of wide bandgap semiconductor technology made with silicon carbide and gallium nitride in power electronics systems.

About the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) 
As the premier event in Applied Power Electronics, APEC focuses on the practical and applied aspects of the power electronics business, including equipment OEMs that use power supplies and dc-dc converters; designers of power supplies, dc-dc converters, motor drives, uninterruptable power supplies, inverters and other power electronic circuits, equipment and systems; manufacturers and suppliers of components and assemblies used in power electronics; manufacturing, quality, and compliance test engineers involved with power electronics equipment.

Tune in Wednesday, March 6, for PowerAmerica Technical Webinar

WhatDr. Daniel Costinett, a researcher at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, will speak about the research he is doing through PowerAmerica during the institute’s monthly webinar series on Wednesday, March 6. The talk is titled, “Multi-Receiver Wireless Power Transfer for Consumer Electronics Leveraging Wide Bandgap Semiconductors.”

Biography
Dr. Daniel Costinett is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK).  His research interests include resonant and soft switching power converter design, high efficiency wired and wireless power supplies, on-chip power conversion, medical devices, and electric vehicles. Read his full biography here.

WhenWednesday, March 6 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT

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Veliadis Outlines PowerAmerica Strategy for Accelerating Commercialization of WBG Electronics

Curious about what PowerAmerica does and our overall strategy for accelerating the commercialization of wide bandgap power electronics in the United States? Are you familiar with our work and want the latest update? Deputy Executive Director/Chief Technical Officer Victor Veliadis outlines our strategy in last month’s (December 2018) issue of IEEE’s Power Electronics Magazine, available here.

A second article in the issue highlights Veliadis’ plenary talk at ECCE 2018, “SiC Power Devices: High-Impact Applications and Path to Wide Adoption,” and can be read here.

Dr. Victor Veliadis, Deputy Executive Director and CTO of PowerAmerica.

Join Us Next Week for Technical Webinar: “Practical Considerations for GaN-based Implementations”

What: Dr. Madhav D. Manjrekar and Clint W. Halsted, researchers at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, will speak about the research they are doing through PowerAmerica during the institute’s monthly webinar series on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The talk is titled, “Practical Considerations for GaN-based Implementations.”

Biography
Madhav D. Manjrekar currently works as an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Manjrekar also serves as an Assistant Director of Energy and Power Conditioning at the Energy Production & Infrastructure Center (EPIC).

Clint W. Halsted is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC. Mr. Halsted also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNC Charlotte.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT

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Join Us for PowerAmerica’s Industry-Led Technical Webinar from GeneSiC

 

Dr. Ranbir Singh, founder and vice president of GeneSiC Semiconductor, a pioneer and world leader in silicon carbide technology, will speak about his company’s transition of its SiC Schottky MPSTM Diodes and MOSFETs to a 150mm foundry and other topics during the institute’s monthly webinar series on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The talk is titled, “State of the Art SiC Schottky MPS Rectifiers and High Voltage MOSFETs.”

 

Dr. Ranbir Singh

Dr. Ranbir Singh received a Ph.D. and MS degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, and B. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He founded GeneSiC Semiconductor in 2004. Prior to that he conducted research on SiC power devices first at Cree, and then at the NIST, Gaithersburg, MD. In 2012, EE Times named Dr. Singh as among “40 Innovators building the foundations of next generation electronics industry.” In 2011, he won the R&D100 award towards his efforts in commercializing 6.5kV SiC Thyristors. He has published over 160 journal and conference papers, is an author on 28 issued US patents, and has authored a book.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT

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Tune in Nov. 7 for PowerAmerica’s First Industry-Led Technical Webinar

*PowerAmerica is excited to announce that beginning in November, an industry member will occasionally deliver the institute’s monthly technical webinar. The first will be CoolCAD Electronics, which is leading one of the institute’s first Member-Initiated Projects.*

What: Dr. Akin Akturk, co-founder and vice president of CoolCAD Electronics, a CAD and custom electronics design firm in College Park, MD that carries out R&D projects on a wide cross-section of electronics, will speak about the research his company is doing through PowerAmerica during the institute’s monthly webinar series on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The talk is titled, “Quantifying Power Device Reliability due to Terrestrial Radiation.”

Biography
Dr. Akin Akturk is co-founder and vice president of CoolCAD Electronics LLC located at College Park, MD. He is also part of the research faculty at the University of Maryland. Dr. Akturk earned his Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Maryland, College Park and has published more than hundred scientific papers on Si and Si material, device and reliability properties. His research interests include electrical and optical measurements of SiC sensors, especially those designed, laid out and fabricated at CoolCAD. Read his full biography.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT

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990 822 177
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Technical Webinar Series: Integrated GaN For 100 MHz+ switching DC-DC Converters

Dr. David Ricketts of N.C. State University will give a talk titled “Integrated GaN For 100 MHz+ switching DC-DC Converters” during the institute’s monthly technical webinar series from 12 to 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Biography
David S. Ricketts received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Harvard University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. He has more than 8 years industrial R&D experience in the development of 40+ integrated circuits in mixed-signal, RF and power management applications. Read his full biography.

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PEIC Adds Wolfspeed to the Speaker Lineup at its Industry Networking Event at ECCE 2018

The Power Electronics Industry Collaborative (PEIC) has announced that Wolfspeed, a Cree Company, will join the speaker lineup at its annual meeting, which will take place on September 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the 2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE) in Portland, Oregon. The event, which is open to all ECCE 2018 attendees, will include Edgar Ayerbe, Wolfspeed’s senior product manager for Power Products, as one of the featured speakers to provide Wolfspeed’s perspective of the power semiconductor industry and how the company is rising to meet growing global power needs with silicon carbide. Other featured speakers include Ali Husain, senior manager of Corporate Marketing & Strategy at ON Semiconductor, and Victor Veliadis, deputy executive director & CTO at PowerAmerica Institute.

PEIC is a national industry-focused, member-based consortium comprised of power electronics OEMs, research organizations, educational institutions, and other stakeholders working to promote industry investment, build a more innovative workforce, and strengthen the supply chain.

Traditionally, PEIC’s member meetings are open to prospective members and other interested industry stakeholders. These events enable member and affiliate organizations to share their latest technology news, network with colleagues, and provide a forum to discuss PEIC’s annual workplan. This year’s meeting, which takes place at the Oregon Convention Center in Hall A105, will open with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. Formal presentations are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

“We are pleased to have such a great speaker lineup this year and there is still some limited space available to accommodate additional attendees, but I would encourage people to RSVP as early as possible,” said Nanci Vogtli, PEIC president. To RSVP, please visit: http://evite.me/5xTPmnrMZE. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, please contact Vogtli at nancivogtli@concrete-logic.com.

Also at ECCE – PEIC presents a Special Session on developing the power electronics workforce of the future 

PEIC member and affiliate organizations, including: AVL, AVX, Cummins, PowerAmerica Institute, and Rockwell Automation will participate in a Special Session on Wednesday, September 26, from 4 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. Presentations will address the role of internships in developing the power electronics workforce of the future. Speakers will also present their ideas in a dynamic panel discussion format, moderated by David Morrison, editor of How2Power. All ECCE attendees are invited to attend the Special Session.

About PEIC

The Power Electronics Industry Collaborative (PEIC) is a national, industry-focused, member-based consortium whose members include: power electronics OEMs, research organizations, educational institutions, and other industry stakeholders working to cultivate an increasingly more innovative U.S. workforce. PEIC’s Diversity & Inclusion Working Group is chartered with developing programs to educate and encourage new generations of highly skilled workers, including women and under-represented minorities, to find careers in power electronics. Organizations interested in joining PEIC to help further its vision and advocate for a more diverse and innovative workforce can find more information available in the membership area. All are welcome to participate in the working group meetings; conference call schedules and details can be found at PEIC Events. Please follow PEIC on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Cree

Cree is an innovator of Wolfspeed® power and radio frequency (RF) semiconductors, lighting class LEDs and lighting products. Cree’s Wolfspeed product families include silicon carbide materials, power-switching devices and RF devices targeted for applications such as electric vehicles, fast charging, inverters, power supplies, telecom and military and aerospace. Cree’s LED product families include blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs and lighting-class power LEDs targeted for indoor and outdoor lighting, video displays, transportation and electronic signs and signals. Cree’s LED lighting systems and lamps serve indoor and outdoor applications.

Please refer to www.cree.com for additional product and company information.

About ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON) is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power and signal management, logic, standard and custom devices.

About PowerAmerica
The PowerAmerica Institute at N.C. State University was founded in 2015 and is one of 14 Manufacturing U.S. Institutes nationwide. Each institute is focused on growing a sector of advanced manufacturing, making the U.S. better poised to complete economically on a global scale. PowerAmerica is backed by $70 million in funding from the Department of Energy, with matching funds from industry partners and the state of North Carolina.

PowerAmerica’s mission is to save energy and create U.S. manufacturing jobs by accelerating the development and large-scale adoption of wide bandgap semiconductor technology made with silicon carbide and gallium nitride in power electronics systems.

Cree® and Wolfspeed® are registered trademarks of Cree, Inc.

PowerAmerica Issues Call for Projects to Help Accelerate Adoption of Wide Bandgap Technologies

PowerAmerica has issued its 2018 Call for Projects, which seeks projects to accelerate the adoption of silicon carbide and gallium nitride wide bandgap power electronics technologies in the United States.

The Call for Projects is primarily focused on the manufacturing of SiC and GaN power semiconductor devices, wide bandgap power electronics architectures and assemblies, and packaging and manufacturing processes with the potential to improve performance, lower cost, and create U.S. manufacturing jobs. Demonstration of WBG devices in high volume commercially viable power electronic applications is desired.

Teaming between companies, and between companies/national laboratories/universities is required.

The concept paper submission is due on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. EDT. All projects require a 1:1 cost share.