IPC with CPES-VT/RPI team wins DOE ARPA-E Solar ADEPT award

Congratulations to a winning team...

Ideal Power Converters (IPC), leading a team from CPES-Virginia Tech and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to create a dual bi-directional silicon IGBT module. This is part of the DOE ARPA-E Solar ADEPT (Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology) Program.

About the project:

  • Dual Bi-Directional Silicon IGBTs Modules Enables Breakthrough PV Inverter using Current-Modulation Topology 

    CPES Faculty: Dr. Khai Ngo (sub-award to Ideal Power Converters, with collaborators at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

    Abstract: Ideal Power Converters is developing light-weight electronics to connect photovoltaic solar panels to the grid. Their technology explores innovative circuits using revolutionary transistor designs to develop solar panel electronics for commercial-scale buildings that are compact enough to be installed on walls or roof-tops. The project goal is to reduce the weight of these electronics by 98%, reducing the cost of materials, manufacturing, shipping and installation, supporting the aggressive cost-reduction goals of the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.

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