GE Aviation receives U. S. Army contract to develop silicon carbide power electronics

By CIOReview Team

GE Aviation announced that it has been awarded a $2.1 million contract from the U.S. Army to develop and demonstrate silicon carbide-based power electronics supporting high-voltage next generation ground vehicle electrical power architecture.

"The U.S. Army's implementation of silicon carbide technology for high voltage, more electric ground vehicles, facilitates significant improvements in size, weight and power for high temperature applications," said Vic Bonneau, president of Electrical Power Systems for GE Aviation. "We have multiple silicon carbide based power conversion products in development and continue to invest in this area. Successes to date have led to this new application that will enable the U.S. Army to better manage on-board power and simplify the vehicle cooling architecture. Ultimately, this product will increase mission capability for the warfighter."

The $2.1 million contract consists of an 18-month development program to demonstrate the benefits of GE's Silicon Carbide MOSFET technology combined with Gallium Nitride (GaN) devices in a 15 kW, 28VDC/600VDC Bi-directional Converter. The hardware will provide twice the power in less than 50% of the volume of present silicon-based power electronics. In addition, the converters will be able to operate in parallel and be CANbus programmable.

The contract is in support of the U.S. ARMY's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) next generation vehicle electrical power architecture leap-ahead technology development. It will result in a technology demonstration in mid-2017.

DCS Corporation is the contracting agent for U.S. Army TARDEC. DCS develops advanced technology solutions and provides acquisition management expertise for U.S. Army aviation, ground vehicle, soldier systems and missile systems.

DCS provides management solutions to Government agencies in the national security sector to ensure the success of each client's mission and to actively contribute to the well-being of the Nation.

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