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Images of particles made from a promising battery cathode material called NMC

Ultrafast circuit breakers with wide bandgap technology

2019
Bits & Watts Initiative

PI: Srabanti Chowdhury, Electrical Engineering; Co-PI: Juan Rivas-Davila, Electrical Engineering

This project addresses a critical challenge of circuit protection in renewable power systems. Researchers look to develop ultrafast, autonomously operated, self-powered, bidirectional solid state circuit breakers using wide bandgap semiconductors. Such circuit breakers could respond at least ten times faster than conventional circuit protection in renewable power systems and, eventually, at a tenth of the cost.