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e!MISSION Project - Future of Power Electronic Systems 2020

FPES2020 is a strategic flagship project within the 4th call for e!MISSION, funded by the Klima- und Energiefonds Austria. Starting in May 2015, the project runs for a duration of three years.

The following industrial and research partners are collaborating in the fields of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies:

Research Goal

FPES2020 targets experimental development of pioneering power electronic product concepts, including electric welding, solar energy and battery charging. Wide Band Gap power device technologies, namely SiC and GaN will allow significantly higher switching frequency and power density, while maintaining high energy efficiency and reliability.

The use of these new technologies in high frequency power electronic circuits demands a new methodical approach – a holistic conceptual scheme, supported by numerical simulations, which will replace the traditional optimization of performance, cooling, EMC, reliability and other interacting  design aspects by trial-and-error, which is still state-of-the-art today.

KAI Competences

  • Provide advanced test and analysis methods and equipment for application related stress testing of wide band gap power devices.
  • Perform reliability testing under application related conditions for GaN & SiC power devices and circuit topologies developed by the industrial partners within the project.
  • Analyze stress test results, develop device life time models and provide them to the project partners for reliable product design.