The power revolution is coming, and fast. The market for wide bandgap power electronic devices – which enable energy savings amounting to hundreds of gigawatts in many different economic sectors, including electric vehicles, industrial motors, solar and wind farms, and data centers – is expected to grow about 33 percent per year as awareness spreads about the large energy savings and system-level advantages that can be obtained with this technology. Ultimately, access to clean, inexpensive, reliable energy is central to the U.S. economy, job creation, and a high quality of life for people.
PowerAmerica is to accelerating the adoption of wide bandgap semiconductors made with silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) into power electronics; and are using events like National Manufacturing Day help with this goal by facilitating dialogue and collaboration between industry, academia and government, while informing students, trade organizations and the community at large of opportunities for the future. These relationships form the backbone of the ecosystem that is needed to support the adoption of this technology.