For decades, power electronics – or tiny pieces of equipment such as inverters and rectifiers made of silicon material – have been used to convert and control electrical power across the grid in products we use every day. However, converting this power leads to a lot of wasted heat energy. A breakthrough material technology called wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors can help reduce the amount of wasted heat, boost energy efficiency, improve reliability, reduce cost, and decrease system size in existing and future power electronics.
The infographic above illustrates a sample of the wide range of applications that could make use of WBG-based power electronics, along with the potential energy savings from each application.
Learn more about how the Energy Department is helping commercialize WBG technology through the Next Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute by reading this fact sheet and Secretary’s Moniz’s blog post