A High-Efficiency Compact SiC-based Power Converter System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC07CA13C
Agency Tracking Number: 055307
Amount: $599,989.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: S8.06
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3300 A Westminister Ave., Santa Ana, CA, 92703-1442
DUNS: 602189988
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Timothy Lin
 Principal Investigator
 (714) 265-1238
Business Contact
 Bob Liu
Title: President
Phone: (714) 265-1238
Email: bobliu@aegistech.net
Research Institution
Wide-bandgap SiC semiconductors have been recently investigated for use in power devices, because of their potential capabilities of operating at high power densities, high temperatures and at high frequencies and thus offering advantages such as high efficiency, small size and light weight. Currently a few power devices based on SiC technology have been demonstrated and commercialized. Therefore, an opportunity exists to develop and demonstrate a SiC power inverter, showing the system-level impacts of using commercially available SiC power devices compared with an Si-based inverter, and addressing the related technical issues/risks of implementing SiC technology. Following a successful demonstration of the concept feasibility in Phase I, Phase II research will fully develop, demonstrate, model, and characterize a three-phase all SiC inverter. The inverter will be constructed through the integration of several supporting technologies including circuit design and device paralleling, high temperature packaging and thermal management, high temperature gate based on SOI technology, and other passive components. In the Phase II, the underlying technical issues that govern the fabrication and performance of this SiC inverter will be addressed, and its technical/economical benefits will be analyzed. By implementing technology developed, a high-efficiency, compact SiC inverter technology can be anticipated for potential NASA and other applications.

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