PowerAmerica at APEC 2017

PowerAmerica is a sponsor of APEC 2017, March 26-30 in Tampa, Florida. Come visit us at Booth 737. Many of our members are presenting at the conference. We have put together a handy guide detailing all of our member presentations and booths, available here.

We’ll have a special conference room meeting space available for members to reserve on a first-come, first-serve basis. Just stop by our booth to register for the room. The available times are:

  • Tuesday, 3/28, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 3/29, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, 3/30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

PowerAmerica Executive Director Moderates Manufacturing USA Caucus on Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, March 1, PowerAmerica Executive Director Nick Justice moderated a session at the U.S. Capitol sponsored by the Senate Competitiveness Caucus and House Manufacturing Caucus titled, “Responding to Global Manufacturing Challenges: The Business Case forManufacturing USA Institutes.” Speakers included Sen. Chris Coons, Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Tim Ryan, as well as a panel of industry and institute members – Caralynn Collins, CEO of UI Labs/DMDII (a Manufacturing USA institute); Kelvin Lee, director of the newest Manufacturing USA institute, theNational Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL); Jorg Thommes, senior vice president at Visterra; and Raj Batra, president of Siemens USA’s Digital Factory business.

The session also featured a presentation by Deloitte principal Kelly Marchese, titled “Manufacturing USA: A Third Party Evaluation of Program Design and Progress.” The firm conducted a third-party assessment of the institutes, finding them to be a “valid approach.”

The session focused on the successes to date and potential of the Manufacturing USA Institutes, of which there are now 14. The institutes are engaged with industry to advance critical technologies and grow emerging industries in the United States in order to create U.S. manufacturing jobs and stay globally competitive.

PowerAmerica was one of the first Manufacturing USA institutes to be established, and is located on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University in Raleigh. PowerAmerica is focused on accelerating the development and large-scale adoption of wide bandgap semiconductor technology, which is more energy-efficient than power electronics widely available today. The institute has formed a network of collaboration between manufacturers and end users and funds projects that enhance performance capability, improve reliability and reduce the cost of this technology.

AgileSwitch Introduces SiC MOSFET Gate Driver Series 

PowerAmerica member AgileSwitch has introduced their 62 mm Electrical Master (62EM) SiC MOSFET gate driver series, compatible with most 62mm SiC MOSFET modules.

The 62EM series is specifically designed to facilitate the conversion of high power industrial systems that are rapidly moving from IGBTs to SiC power devices, such as heavy-duty traction vehicles, auxiliary power units in trains, buses and induction heating systems. The 62EM driver incorporates AgileSwitch’s patented, software configurable Augmented Turn-Off (ATOff™) technology.

Read the company’s full news release here. 

“PowerAmerica provided us with technical support, market opportunities, and numerous networking opportunities; as well as financial funding, that really helped launch us into this segment of wide bandgap development,” said AgileSwitch CEO Rob Weber.

Join Us for PowerAmerica’s Monthly Technical Webinar Series Wednesday, March 1

Dr. Doug Hopkins of N.C. State University will speak about his work with fellow PowerAmerica member USCi to develop the SuperCascode Power Module, a new approach to medium voltage switching, during the monthly technical webinar series from noon to 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, March 1.  Dr. Hopkins’ presentation is titled, “Demonstration of a Medium Voltage Power Module for High Density Conversion.

Dr. Hopkins is a professor in the NCSU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Laboratory for Packaging Research in Electronic Energy Systems, part of the FREEDM Systems Center at NCSU. He previously worked in R&D at GE and Carrier in advanced power electronics systems for military and commercial applications. Read his full biography here.

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AtomPower Announces Siemens Investment

Good news for PowerAmerica member Atom Power – the Charlotte-based startup recently announced it has secured an equity investment from Siemens, a large producer of energy-efficient technologies. Read the full story about the announcement here.

Atom Power has developed what it claims to be “the world’s fastest circuit breaker,” using silicon carbide technology, effectively eliminating arc flash and short circuit malfunctions and making electricity safer.  PowerAmerica funding provided the financial means for the company to develop and demonstrate larger amperage and higher voltage products. The circuit breaker is one of the first commercially viable, solid-state circuit breakers for commercial and industrial building markets.

Report Says Manufacturing USA ‘Is a Valid Approach’

A recent report by a consulting company commissioned by the Manufacturing USA network of Institutes found the institutes to be a “valid approach,” that “attracts significant and meaningful participation from industry, academia, and local, state and federal government.” Read the full manufacturingusa.com article on the report here, and find a full link to the report here.

Examples of PowerAmerica’s work appears several times throughout the report, which was prepared by Deloitte Consulting LLP. PowerAmerica was specifically recognized for asset pooling that enables small-scale production (pg. 17):

Silicon carbide and gallium nitride are critical materials for the emerging field of power electronics. The silicon carbide and gallium nitride markets are dominated by relatively few players. There is a need for innovation from start-up entrepreneurs advancing disruptive technologies. However, dozens of smaller fabrication plants have closed their doors since 2001 because of competition. X-FAB, with funding from PowerAmerica, pools the production of semiconductors from small companies

to achieve economies of scale. IP from each company is protected, but innovation is fostered because of X-FAB’s ability to aggregate demand across customers.

Join Us for PowerAmerica’s Monthly Technical Webinar Series Wednesday, Feb. 1

Dr. Jay Baliga of N.C. State University will speak about the ongoing effort at N.C. State to create an open foundry process at X-Fab in support of PowerAmerica’s mission to encourage more participation in manufacturing SiC power MOSFETs during the monthly technical webinar series from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Feb. 1.  Dr. Baliga’s presentation is titled, NCSU SiC Power MOSFET Effort in Support of PowerAmerica Manufacturing Institute.

Dr. Baliga is recognized as a leading expert on power semiconductor devices. He is the inventor of the IGBT, which he commercialized at GE in the 1980s; and is considered the father of wide bandgap semiconductor power devices due to his accomplishments in the field. Read his full biography here.

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PowerAmerica Launches New Education and Workforce Resources

To further assist in equipping a workforce prepared to take on the challenges of designing and manufacturing wide bandgap technologies, PowerAmerica has launched a new Education and Workforce Portal through its website.

The portal is designed for working professionals, faculty, and students and features educational and training resources related to wide bandgap technologies and their applications. In addition, the portal features a job posting section to help students locate internships and full-time employment at PowerAmerica’s industry partners.

Check out the portal here.

PowerAmerica Hosts Annual Meeting Jan. 17-19

PowerAmerica will hold its Annual Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 17-Thursday, Jan. 19. We’re excited to welcome a host of attendees to discuss a variety of wide bandgap-related topics. View the full agenda online here.

Join Us for PowerAmerica’s Monthly Technical Webinar Series Wednesday, Dec. 7

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-5-08-00-pm Dr. Subhashish Battacharya of N.C. State University will speak about his work to develop and demonstrate the commercial grade intelligent gate driver and interface system for SiC devices during PowerAmerica’s monthly technical webinar series from noon to 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Dec. 7.  Dr. Battacharya’s presentation is titled, “Integrated Intelligent Gate Driver and Interface System for Medium Voltage Converter Applications.”

Dr. Bhattacharya is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State University. Before coming to NC State, he spent several years as a senior engineer with Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution, York International, and other electric power engineering firms. His research interests include WBG power electronics, HV DC systems, power engineering, and integration of solid state systems. Read his full biography here.

Abstract: Integrated Intelligent Gate Driver and Interface System for Medium Voltage Converter Applications

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