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Silicon Carbide Power Technology for Energy Eficient Devices

Objective

"Highly efficient Power Electronics (PE) employed in power generation, transmission, and distribution is the prerequisite for the Europe-wide penetration of renewable energies; improves the energy efficiency; increases the power quality and enables continuous voltage regulation, reactive power compensation and automated distribution. It also facilitates the integration of distributed resources like local energy storages, photovoltaic generators, and plug-in electric vehicles.

The development of a new generation of high power semiconductor devices, able to operate above 10kV, is crucial for reducing the cost of PE in the above-mentioned applications. The material properties of SiC, clearly superior to those of Si, will lead to enhanced power devices with much better performance than conventional Si devices. However, today´s SiC PE performs rather poorly compared to the predictions and the production costs are by far too high.

Pooling world-leading manufacturers and researchers, SPEED aims at a breakthrough in SiC technology along the whole supply chain:

• Growth of SiC substrates and epitaxial-layers.
• Fabrication of power devices in the 1.7/>10kV range.
• Packaging and reliability testing.
• SiC-based highly efficient power conversion cells.
• Real-life applications and field-tests in close cooperation with two market-leading manu¬facturers of high-voltage (HV) devices.

Known and new methodologies will be adapted to SiC devices and optimized to make them a practical reality. The main targets are cost-savings and superior power quality using more efficient power converters that exploit the reduced power losses of SiC. To this end, suitable SiC substrates, epitaxial-layers, and HV devices shall be developed and eventually be implemented in two demonstrators:

• A cost-efficient solid-state transformer to support advanced grid smartness and power quality.
• A windmill power converter with improved capabilities for generating AC and DC power."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/electric vehicles
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/semiconductor device
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-LARGE-7
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

INAEL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS SA
Address
Calle Jarama 1 Poligono Industrial
45007 Toledo
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 983 780
Administrative Contact
Fernando Ubieta (Mr.)

Participants (16)

ABB SCHWEIZ AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 195 000
Address
Brown Boveri Strasse 6
5400 Baden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrei Mihaila (Dr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 285 840
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana María De La Fuente (Ms.)
E-DISTRIBUZIONE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 206 400
Address
Via Ombrone 2
00198 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Flavio Mario Mauri (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 888 780
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Flink (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 531 820,80
Address
Calle San Francisco 3
33003 Oviedo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
María Paz Suárez Rendueles (Dr.)
STMICROELECTRONICS SILICON CARBIDE AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 771 976
Address
Po Box 734
601 16 Norkoping
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Niklas Henelius (Mr.)
ASCATRON AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 996 300
Address
Isafjordsgatan 22 Electrum 207
164 40 Kista
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adolf Schoner (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 691 048
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)
INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 944 995
Address
Am Campeon 1-15
85579 Neubiberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mingxia Wu-Lutzenberger (Mrs.)
INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRIA AG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 909 704
Address
Siemensstrasse 2
9500 Villach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marlis Stifter-Lindner (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 451 552
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Wachutka (Prof.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 794 959
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 341 400
Address
Jugoslavskych Partyzanu 1580/3
160 00 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Igor Mraz (Mr.)
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 489 579,20
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Axel Mertens (Prof.)
ANNEALSYS SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 346 647
Address
139 Rue Des Walkyries
34000 Montpellier
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Franck Laporte (Mr.)
INGETEAM POWER TECHNOLOGY SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 468 000
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Bizkaia Edificio 106
48170 Zamudio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Igor Larrazabal (Mr.)