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Energy Efficient Converters using GaN Power Devices

Objective

The E2COGaN project will target the demonstration of GaN-on-Si as a disruptive power device technology platform through the whole value chain up to demonstrators with high industrial, societal and environmental relevance. Its innovative character will be proven through a well-balanced and application specific trade-off between the “corner” benefits given by higher efficiency, higher switching frequency, smaller footprint and weight and competitive cost on system level with respect to Si or SiC. The consortium comprises the whole GaN power electronics value chain from the substrate provider, device manufacturer, assembly house to the end user, completed by top academic institutes, tool and service providers. The plan is to start with 600V, 10A GaN devices and gradually explore higher voltages (up to 1500V) and currents (up to 100A) towards the end of the project, giving priority to the early exploration of applications below 10kW. Special attention will be paid on the control of reliability issues and parasitic effects on device and module level - especially regarding high frequency and high temperature operation - and the choice of the best suitable gate drivers.
Finally, the main project demonstrators will focus on two application domains with strategic relevance: first, on photovoltaic where the use of GaN will be explored in micro-grid interfacing circuits and, second, on automotive, where the benefit of GaN will be investigated in grid-connected chargers for high voltage batteries, as found in new hybrid and full electric vehicles.
These demonstrators should prove the potential of the GaN power devices through a gain in efficiency, weight, footprint, heat management ease and overall system cost. Moreover, the project will include a pre-study in Aeronautics with specific high temperature (250°C) and high radiation mission profiles.

Call for proposal

ENIAC-2012-1
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BELGAN BV
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NXP SEMICONDUCTORS NETHERLANDS BV
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NXP SEMICONDUCTORS UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 252 000
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Millbrook Technology Campus
SO15 0DJ Southampton

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NXP SEMICONDUCTORS BELGIUM NV
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€ 153 000
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Interleuvenlaan 80
3001 Leuven

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STMICROELECTRONICS SRL
Italy
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€ 258 532
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Via C.olivetti 2
20864 Agrate Brianza

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SEMIKRON ELEKTRONIK GMBH & CO. KG
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Sigmundstrasse 200
90431 Nurnberg

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CIRTEM
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Voie L'accitane - Batiment La Pointe Bleue 20
31319 Labege Cedex

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SOITEC BELGIUM NV
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€ 162 600
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3500 Hasselt

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CISC SEMICONDUCTOR GMBH
Austria
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9020 Klagenfurt

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Slovakia
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Drotarskacesta 6385 19a
811 04 Bratislava

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AIRBUS GROUP SAS
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CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LA NANOELETTRONICA
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Via Toffano 2
40125 Bologna

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UNIVERSITAET KASSEL
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€ 52 836
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34125 Kassel

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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
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€ 154 717
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Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

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Hansastrasse 27c
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SLOVENSKA TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE
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81243 Bratislava

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UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
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€ 48 000
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Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol

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SYNOPSYS SWITZERLAND LLC
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Thurgauerstrasse 40
8050 Zurich

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BITRON SPA
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€ 57 000
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10122 Torino

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SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
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AZZURRO Semiconductors AG
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€ 448 800
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Breitscheidstrasse 78
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ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
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AUDI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
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