AllSiC power module based boost converter platform for gridtied energy storage applications

Period of Performance: 08/01/2016 - 07/31/2018

$1.01MM

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Genesic Semiconductor, Inc.
43670 Trade Center Place Suite 155
Dulles, VA 20166
Firm POC, Principal Investigator

Abstract

This project will create a new category of advanced all Silicon Carbide power inverters for use in energy storage in the medium voltage range and > 100 kW ratings. A design showing a significant increase in circuit efficiency, cost reduction, an increase in power density, and a reduction in thermal management requirements over the existing Silicon power inverters will eliminate significant waste of electric energy in large power converters, resulting in huge energy savings for the United States, while accelerating the adoption of renewable energy generation like solar and wind power systems. How is the problem being addressed? At the end of Phase II of this proposed SBIR program, 400 kilo Watt rated power converters will be constructed using recently commercialized monolithic SiC transistor/diode devices. These power inverters will deliver unprecedented improvements in efficiency, and thermal management requirements to the electrical storage and electricity delivery infrastructure of the United States. What was done in Phase I: In Phase I, a feasibility study was conducted for designing the power electronics converter for grid tied applications. Experimental demonstration of a 3phase 2level voltage source inverter was conducted. The 1700 V Silicon Carbide Junction Transistor performance was Bench marked against state of the art Si Insulated gate bipolar transistors in terms of energy losses. What is planned for Phase II: Phase II will be focused on optimizing the device technology for manufacturing 1700 Volt/50 Ampere rated SiC integrated transistor/diode devices. The silicon carbide power devices developed in this program will be stacked serially in order to demonstrate a medium voltage 4160 Volt grid connection topology. A conceptual extension of this topology for 13800 Volt utility grid connection will also be developed. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The 400 kW allSiC power inverters to be developed in this program will significantly improve the performance and decrease the size/weight/footprint of 12.47 kV energy storage grid tied inverters, FACTS based devices, and power system switchgear. Industrial applications such as electrostatic precipitators, and oil drilling equipment. This in turn will increase market acceptance of these high end products and thereby drive skilled labor jobs creation in the US. Key Words: Medium Voltage, Silicon Carbide, MIDSJT, Thyristors, Diodes, Power Converter, Phase Leg Modules, High Temperature.