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Fact Sheet: Award-Winning Silicon Carbide Power Electronics (October 2012)

Operating at high temperatures and with reduced energy losses, two silicon carbide power electronics (PE) projects were awarded the prestigious R&D 100 Award. This technology was funded as a Small Business Innovation Research project as part of DOE's Energy Storage Program effort to develop and commercialize a new generation of PE systems. PE systems are a critical part of all energy storage systems, interfacing the energy storage device and the load (the end user) and often accounting for greater than 25% of the overall storage system cost.

For more information about how OE is accelerating discovery and innovation in electric transmission and distribution technologies and creating "next generation" devices, software, tools, and techniques to help modernize the electric grid, visit the Power Systems Engineering Research and Development Division page.