According to the U.S. Department of Energy, wide bandgap semiconductors permit devices to operate at much higher temperatures, voltages, and frequencies – making the power electronic modules using these materials significantly more powerful and energy efficient than those made from conventional semiconductor materials.
Harnessing these capabilities can lead to dramatic energy savings in industrial processes, data centers, and consumer devices; increase electric vehicle driving range; and help integrate renewable energy onto the electric grid.
In turn, this results in tangible environmental benefits, as captured in this infographic produced by the U.S. Department of Energy.
For more on the benefits of wide bandgap technologies, see the info below.
(compared to silicon)
Silicon carbide and gallium nitride semiconductors improve the performance of power electronics systems beyond the limits of traditional silicon-based designs.
Precision variable-speed drives & high temperature operation
A more resilient, secure energy grid
Efficient charging & increased range
Higher efficiencies in power conversion
Smaller, faster, lighter, & more rugged power electronics