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High-Power Silicon Carbide Inverter Design

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
72201
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
79498S05-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SATCON APPLIED TECHNOLOGY, INC.
1745A West Nursery Rd MS4018 Li, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: High-Power Silicon Carbide Inverter Design
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-05ER84165
Award Amount: $99,941.00
 

Abstract:

79498S The size and weight of Power Conversion Circuitry, needed for the transmission and distribution of electricity, is dominated by the reactive components and the heat removal system. The key to reducing the energy storage and filtering requirements, along with the heat dissipated, is the development and applciation of improved switching devices that permit efficient, high-frequency, high-temperture operation. The most mature of the Wide Band Gap (WBG) device technologies is silicon carbide (SiC) technology, for which commercial devices are now appearing. This project will design and construct a SiC based inverter, at a nominal 100kW power level, and develop circuit topology, control, thermal design, advanced passives, and integrated packaging, all of which will be appropriate for SiC. Phase I will evaluate and choose a candidate SiC power device, select a power topology that will fully utilize the device, design contol and thermal systems, select passive device technology, run the system with thermal simulations, and develop a conceptual mechanical design for the SiC inverter. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: All power conversion circuitry should benefit from the improvements in weight, size, efficiency, robustness, and system reliability enabled by SiC power device technology. Once the technology is successfully commecialized it should become ubiquitous in the power conversion arena. At sufficient production volume, SiC based conversion systems should ultiamtely be cheaper than their Silicon counterparts.

Principal Investigator:

Leo Casey
Dr.
6178972435
leo.casey@satcon.com

Business Contact:

David Eisenhaure
Mr.
6178972400
appliedtech.info@satcon.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Satcon Technology Corporation
27 Drydock Avenue Boston, MA 02210

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No