PowerAmerica leadership discuss the importance of the Institute and wide bandgap semiconductors

PowerAmerica is working to accelerate 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. PowerAmerica brings many of the world’s leading wide bandgap semiconductor manufacturers, material providers and end-users together with experts from top research universities and government agencies not only to reduce the cost, but also improve the performance and reliability of wide bandgap devices and the systems that incorporate SiC and GaN technologies.

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

The Institute is funding market-driven product development projects identified by industry leaders to promote the application of SiC and GaN technologies. The products include applications in passenger car and heavy duty vehicles, medium voltage drives, solar inverters, and power grid converters, among many others. These targeted projects will each lead to new products using wide bandgap power electronics that will deliver immediate energy productivity improvements and early commercial success — all while building demand, scaling up production volumes, and boosting competition.

PowerAmerica also brings industry together to facilitate technology road mapping and member networking, and to promote the benefits of wide bandgap technology to our members’ supply chains and customer communities to help create demand for our members’ products.

Led by NC State University and located on Centennial Campus, PowerAmerica is a public-private partnership between industry, the U.S. Department of Energy, and academia.  Membership information may be found here.