Design and Development of a Low Cost, Manufacturable High Voltage Power Module for Energy Storage Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,987.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-12ER90372
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
87140
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
08 b
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000628
Small Business Information
535 W. Research Center Blvd., Fayetteville, AR, 72701-6959
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
121539790
Principal Investigator:
Brandon Passmore
Dr.
(479) 443-5759
bpassmo@apei.net
Business Contact:
Sharmila Mounce
Mrs.
(479) 443-5759
smounce@apei.net
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
In this project, APEI, Inc. will design and develop a high performance, high voltage SiC MCPM that is low cost, manufacturable, reliable and reworkable. The target utility scale energy storage applications include power conversion systems for grid-tie, solar array, wind turbine, and vehicle-to-grid to aid in load leveling, frequency control, voltage fluctuations in order to improve the overall power quality and reliability. Presently, most power conversion systems are based on Si IGBTs. However, due to the unique capabilities of SiC and advancement of power converter packaging, this work has the potential to aid in the emergence of smarter, seamless powered grids with less of a dependence on inefficient peak power plants. Phase I will focus on proving feasibility by developing a novel multi-chip wire bondless press contact packaging approach followed by a prototype package demonstrator using high voltage SiC power die. In addition, the thermal, mechanical, and electrical characteristics of the packaging concept will be modeled using three-dimensional finite element analysis as well as SPICE and parasitic extraction software. At the conclusion of Phase I of this project, a high voltage, multi-chip power module will be designed as an effort to easily transition into Phase II which will consist of building the prototype module. APEI, Inc.s packaging design capabilities coupled with module fabrication expertise make it an ideal candidate to develop the advanced high voltage power module proposed in this work.

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