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Development of an Accelerated Life Test for Wide-Bandgap (SiC) HEV/PHEV Power…

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Department of Energy
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2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
GeneSiC Semiconductor Inc.
43670 Trade Center Place, Suite 155 Dulles, VA 20166-2123
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Development of an Accelerated Life Test for Wide-Bandgap (SiC) HEV/PHEV Power Conversion Modules
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER86414
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Major automobile manufacturers have expressed a strong interest in the development of high-frequency power circuits for use in emerging plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). However, the prediction of the life-cycle of high power SiC devices poses a unique challenge because of the higher temperature operation of these devices. This project will develop testing and evaluation methods for emerging SiC-based power devices. The first challenging task is to design, develop, and demonstrate an all-SiC converter module. Then, new SiC-based circuit models will be implemented using industry-standard circuit simulation tools. A finite element thermal model will then be implemented to provide an understanding of the stress levels induced in the power circuits under operation. Finally, comprehensive physics-based models will be developed to predict the life-cycle of power devices operating under realistic PHEV conditions. These models will be compared to the measurements conducted on the all-SiC PHEV power module. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to the application to PHEVs, predictions of the life cycle performance of high power SiC devices would be applicable to a large number of military and commercial uses of these devices. Military applications include propulsion systems, emergency power systems, and aircraft avionics. Commercial applications include computer power supplies, cellular phone base station power supplies, consumer electronics, lighting applications, and robotic and motor controls.

Principal Investigator:

Ranbir Singh

Business Contact:

Ranbir Singh
Small Business Information at Submission:

Genesic Semiconductor Inc.
43670 Trade Center Place Suite 155 Dulles, VA 20166

EIN/Tax ID: 201151855
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Illinois, Chicago
P.O. Box 5220
Chicago, IL 60680 5220
Contact: Sudip Mazumder
Contact Phone: (312) 355-1315
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university