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PowerAmerica initiatives support wide-bandgap technologies

Aug. 14, 2018

The PowerAmerica Institute at N.C. State University, a member of Manufacturing USA, has been busy this month in support of wide bandgap technologies. The organization announced it has awarded funding to six new-member projects as well as 20 projects to be led by existing members. In addition, PowerAmerica has issued a request for information (RFI) to help accelerate adoption of wide bandgap technologies.

Regarding the funding, PowerAmerica deputy executive director and CTO Victor Veliadis said, “These projects are instrumental in fulfilling PowerAmerica’s mission of accelerating the adoption of wide bandgap technologies into power electronics systems. To date, the institute has funded scores of projects that have contributed to the development of more efficient power electronics, which will benefit a range of applications—from electric vehicles to data centers.”

The organization said project funding reaches a total of $20 million in for this cycle. A detailed list of all projects with descriptions is available online.

With regard to the RFI, PowerAmerica is seeking public input on initiatives to accelerate the large-scale adoption of SiC and GaN technologies in power-electronic systems in a range of industries. The information collected will assist PowerAmerica in developing a specific request for project proposals from industry for possible funding. Responses are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 31. You can view the RFI and provide comments here.

The institute is funded by the Department of Energy, industry partners, and the state of North Carolina, and it has a member portfolio representing more than 45 companies in the wide-bandgap semiconductor field.

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