22 Industry members

100 Graduate students across US

Next Generation Power

Electronics Manufacturing

Innovation Institute

$140 M in funding over 5 years

3 National labs

9 Invention disclosures filed

First, there was the Industrial Revolution.

Then, there was the Computer Revolution.

And now the...

Power Revolution.

11 University partners

What we do…

PowerAmerica is accelerating the adoption of advanced semiconductor components made with silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) into a wide range of products and systems.

Backed by $70 million from the U.S. Department of Energy over five years, we are working to make these wide bandgap semiconductor technologies cost-competitive with silicon-based power electronics and reduce the perceived risk in their adoption in numerous industries.

PowerAmerica brings many of the world’s leading wide bandgap semiconductor manufacturers and end-users together with experts from top research universities and government agencies to accomplish its objective.

In doing so we help our industry members grow their businesses.

How we do it…

Offering a wide angle view to advances in SiC and GaN, including technology roadmaps aligned with a range of industrial applications and member networking opportunities. Roadmapping is an industry-led initiative of semiconductor producers and supply chain users. The roadmaps are used to make decisions related to funding initiatives that demonstrate the benefits of SiC and GaN, as well as improve semiconductor device performance.

Funding demonstrations of improved technology and applications on a cost-match basis with industry as well as academic institutions according to unmet market needs and the requirements of the SiC and GaN road maps. More than two dozen of such projects are presently supported by PowerAmerica. A summary of projects appear here. The U.S. Department of Energy has committed $70 million over five years to support this effort.

Promoting the benefits of GaN and SiC technology to applications engineers in a range of industries, making a compelling case to transition existing silicon-based systems to wide bandgap technology. This is accomplished through advertising in technical and trade publications, promotion at trade shows and conferences, and publicizing the new product successes of our members and their customers.

Access to 10 University SiC and GaN programs that are part of PowerAmerica.  These programs are part of PowerAmerica’s effort to help build a U.S. workforce that possesses the necessary skill sets to “push the envelope” on wide bandgap technology and applications, as well as design, manufacture, install, and repair related production facilities, products, and the system they enable. The goal of PowerAmerica’s Education and Workforce Development Program is to also act as a catalyst that builds a nation-wide pipeline and ecosystem of applications and device engineers, educators, developers, and entrepreneurs trained for the production and application of WBG power electronics.

What we are doing…

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