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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 performs research and development on a wide variety of storage technologies, including batteries, flywheels, electrochemical capacitors, superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES), power electronics, and control systems, visit the Energy Storage page.