Ultra-Lightweight, High Efficiency Silicon-Carbide (SIC) Based Power Electronic Converters

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC06CA21C
Agency Tracking Number: 041945
Amount: $599,995.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: E2.07
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
700 W Research Blvd, Fayetteville, AR, 72701-7174
DUNS: 121539790
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alexander Lostetter
 Principal Investigator
 (479) 443-5759
Business Contact
 Sharmila Mounce
Title: Design Engineer
Phone: (479) 443-5759
Email: smounce@apei.net
Research Institution
In Phase I of this project, APEI, Inc. proved the feasibility of creating ultra-lightweight power converters (utilizing now emerging silicon carbide [SiC] power switching technologies) through the successful demonstration of power switch operation up to 500 oC. The goal of Phase II will be to design, fabricate, and fully test SiC based DC/DC converters that can achieve high power density and ultra-lightweight by operating the power switches at high junction temperatures. Present state-of-the-art silicon based spacecraft power systems operate at a power density of approximately 1.5 W/cm?, while the high temperature SiC based power converters proposed by APEI, Inc. in this project will operate at a power density of approximately 4.5 W/cm?, or 3? the density of present high performance silicon based systems. Theoretically, if the full potential of silicon carbide switches could be realized (junction temperature operation in excess of 600 oC), an order of magnitude power density improvement could be achieved. APEI, Inc. is proposing to fabricate up to three prototype high density (4.5 W/cm?) DC/DC converter designs: (1) 28V in / 5V out @ 25 watts (2) 28 V in / 5V out @ 100 watts (3) 28 V in / 5V out @ 1 kW

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