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Green Electronics with Diamond Power Devices

Objective

The key to the efficient transmission and conversion of low-carbon electrical energy is the improvement of power electronic devices. Diamond is considered to be the ultimate wide bandgap semiconductor material for applications in high power electronics due to its exceptional thermal and electronic properties. Two recent developments - the emergence of commercially available electronic grade single crystals and a scientific breakthrough in creating a MOS channel in diamond technology, have now opened new opportunities for the fabrication and commercialisation of diamond power transistors.
These will result in substantial improvements in the performance of power electronic systems by offering higher blocking voltages, improved efficiency and reliability, as well as reduced thermal requirements thus opening the door to more efficient green electronic systems. These improvements are expected to increase the efficiency of power converters by a factor of 4, yielding a 75% reduction in losses. In this context, the objective of GreenDiamond is to fabricate a 10kV transistor in a high power package, followed by a high voltage AC/DC converter based on such devices.
To meet GreenDiamond’s challenging goals, the consortium gathers experts on power device design, diamond growth and characterization, packaging and testing as well as an innovative end-user. Most of the partners are also involved in SiC or GaN technology, allowing the project to benefit from their ample experience and achievements in wide bandgap semiconductors. As far as diamond transistor structure is concerned, unlike GaN and SiC, Europe still has a significant scientific and technological advantage over non-EU competitors. It is therefore extremely important to maintain the competitive edge that will lead the development of truly green electronics in the near to medium term future.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/semiconductor
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/crystals

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 889 500

Participants (14)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 270 000
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 249 576
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 339 992,50
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 270 000
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 220 000
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE CADIZ
Spain
EU contribution
€ 220 000
Address
Centro Cultural Reina Sofia Paseo Carlos Iii N9
11003 Cadiz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 338 562,50
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROPEAN SYNCHROTRON RADIATION FACILITY
France
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
71 Avenue Des Martyrs
38000 Grenoble
Activity type
Research Organisations
ION BEAM SERVICES
France
EU contribution
€ 260 000
Address
Rue Gaston Imbert Prolongee
13790 Rousset
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CAMBRIDGE MICROELECTRONICS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 205 625
Address
Unit 1, Cambridge House, Camboro Business Park, Oakington Road? Girton
CB3 0QH Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WAVESTONE LUXEMBOURG SA
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 160 500
Address
10 Rue Du Chateau D'eau
3364 Leudelange
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WIND INERTIA TECHNOLOGIES SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 69 727,59
Address
Calle Wilbur Y Orville Wright 29 Parque Empresarial Aeropolis La Rinconada
41309 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INDRA SISTEMAS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 140 272,41
Address
Avenida De Bruselas 35
28108 Alcobendas Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)