TRANSFORM

Trusted European SiC Value Chain for a greener Economy

Abstract

Silicon Carbide based power electronics use electrical energy significantly more efficient than current silicon-based semiconductors: gains from 6% to 30% are expected depending on application. TRANSFORM will provide European downstream market players with a reliable source of SiC components and systems based on an entirely European value chain - from substrates to energy converters. Its technical excellence strengthens the global competitive position of Europe. TRANSFORM improves current SiC technologies beyond state-of-the-art to serve large emerging markets for electric power conversion in renewable energies, mobility and industry. Substrate manufacturing process innovation will establish a new global standard: smart-cut technology allows high scalability, superior performance and reliability. Substrate and equipment manufacturers plus technology providers cooperate to increase maturity of the new processes from lab demonstration to pilot lines. Device manufacturers develop and tailor processes and device design based on the new substrate process, including adaptation of planarMOS and development of new TrenchMOS technology. Performance and reliability of devices is expected to increase greatly. For exploiting the potential of SiC devices, integration technologies and system design are improved concurrently, including new copper metallization processes for higher reliability and performance, module integration for high reliability and reduction of cost, and dedicated integrated driver technologies to optimize switching modes and parallel operation in high current applications. The project will demonstrate energy savings in applications (DC/AC, DC/DC, AC/DC) in the renewable energy domain, industry and automotive. TRANSFORM contributes to European societal goals and the green economy through significantly increasing energy efficiency by providing a competitive, ready-to-industrialized technology, strengthening Europes technological sovereignty in a critical field.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Claudio Fiegna

Unibo involved Department/s:
Centro di Ricerca sui Sistemi Elettronici per l'Ingegneria dell'Informazione e delle Telecomunicazioni "Ercole De Castro" - ARCES (Advanced Research Center on Electronic System)

Coordinator:
Robert Bosch Gmbh(Germany)

Other Participants:
Hochschule Hamm-Lippstadt (Germany)
Hpe Srl (Italy)
Applied Materials France (France)
Fraunhofer Ipa (Germany)
Technische Universität Chemnitz (Germany)
Ev Group E. Thallner Gmbh (Austria)
Cea-Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives (France)
Aixtron Ag (Germany)
Saint-Gobain Industriekeramik Rodental Gmbh (Germany)
Suragus Gmbh (Germany)
Forschungs- Und Entwicklungszentrum Fachhochschule Kiel Gmbh (Germany)
Institut Mikroelektronickych Aplikaci S.R.O. (Czech Republic)
École Centrale de Lille (France)
Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario Per La Nanoelettronica (Italy)
Lasertec Usa Inc (United States of America)
Soitec Lab (France)
Semikron Elektronik Gmbh & Co. Kg (Germany)
Centrotherm International Ag (Germany)
Linkopings Universitet (Sweden)
Novasic Sa (France)
Nano-Join Gmbh (Germany)
Stmicroelectronics Silicon Carbide Ab (Sweden)
Vysoke Uceni Technicke V Brne-Technical University Of Brno (Czech Republic)
Valeo Siemens E Automotive France Sas (France)
Mersen France Gennevilliers Sas (France)
Tplus Engineering Gmbh (Germany)
STMicroelectronics S.r.l. (Italy)
S.O.I.Tec Silicon On Insulator Technologies Sa (France)
Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern (Germany)
Isle Steuerungstechnik Und Leistungselektronik Gmbh (Germany)
Universidad De Sevilla (Spain)
Danfoss Silicon Power Gmbh (Germany)
Saint Gobain Recherche Sas (France)
Premo S.A.U. (Spain)

Third parties:
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 20.738.434,68
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/05/2021
End Date: 30/04/2024

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UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101007237