It’s never been a busier or more exciting time to be a part of PowerAmerica and the Manufacturing USA network. The institute, in its second full year of operation worked alongside 22 industry partners ranging from multinational organizations to start-ups, and 12 universities with an incredible depth of expertise in power electronics. Together, they are making great strides to accelerate the next generation of wide bandgap power electronics. These efforts have never been more timely. The news at the recent International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials in Washington, D.C., is that the industry is at full capacity and expanding.
The institute's members are braving new frontiers with their research and accomplishments. SiC and GaN power electronics have enormous potential to reduce size and increase energy efficiency across a wide range of applications, from electric vehicles to data centers (more on their benefits on page 2). Member projects are focused on some areas that will prepare this technology for wide-scale adoption – including reducing costs, improving reliability and performance, strengthening and connecting the supply chain and prepping an advanced manufacturing workforce.