Economy driven SiC Power Electronics Technology Development supported by the ECSEL Joint Undertaking framework program funds

T. Bieniek, G. Janczyk, A. Sitnik, A. Messina
Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Microelectronics and Photonics,

Keywords: SiC, power electronics, REACTION EU project, pilot line, KDT JU, Łukasiewicz Research Network


This paper presents the European project REACTION (first and euRopEAn siC eigTh Inches pilOt liNe) which was launched in 2018 to push throughout the new and European first 200mm (8”) SiC Pilot Line in the world. Apart from the project philosophy and overall goals this paper briefly presents one of technical demonstrator development cases focused on power applications for SiC elements expected on the market soon. The demonstrator lead by Łukasiewicz-IMiF and DACPOL focuses on dedicated universal product design assisted by the development of the SiC power elements for battery charging and management modules like transistors driven by the dedicated gate driver under development by Łukasiewicz-IMiF for application in automotive and smart mobility driven by the market. The polish cluster partners of the REACTION project: Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Microelectronics and Photonics (Łukasiewicz-IMiF) (as the research partner),DACPOL (as the SME) in cooperation with STMicroelectronics (as the project coordinator, leader and technology provider) and some other project partners are responsible for development of DC/DC modules up to 20kW as one of the REACTION project demonstrators. Full paper will cover and discuss various aspects of power electronics hardware and software solutions development with special attention focused on system, module and power-device level. The 20kW SiC-Based Phase-Shifted DC/DC full bridge converter is already developed by DACPOL. The dedicated gate driver is designed and prototyped by Łukasiewicz-IMiF in discrete form. The main application scenario cover development, low volume fabrication, assembly and testing of power modules for battery charging station. Such modules consist of power bridges for DC/DC converters and driven power elements. As final application is the well-known piece of design work, power elements elaborated in frame of the REACTION project activities, fabricated SiC Power MOSFETs also need secure, gate drivers controlled externally by dedicated digital control modules.