Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have been awarded funding from Department of Energy (DOE) Power America to develop a high efficiency, high power density battery inverter for low cost and efficient integration of energy storage. The project, entitled “Modular Hybrid SiC and Si based Battery Inverter for Energy Storage Integration”, is led by Dr. Tiefu Zhao from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC). Co-principal investigator is Dr. Madhav Manjrekar from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
The project will develop, test and demonstrate a modular hybrid Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Silicon based battery inverter for energy storage integration. The project facilitates the partnership between UNC Charlotte and LS Energy Solutions (formerly Parker EGT Division) to advance the technology to the system level and extend the R&D toward commercially viable products. Results from the project will help promote large-scale adoption of SiC devices in the grid-tie inverter application, which is fully consistent with the Power America’s goals of large-scale manufacturing of Wide Bandgap (WBG) semiconductor devices in power electronics systems and improves the U.S. competitiveness on renewable and energy storage technologies.