Energy and environment are intertwined — together, they govern and dictate 21st century global economy in all walks of human endeavor. One of the formidable challenges of our time is to develop Bob Galvin’s perfect power system — a secure, reliable, and efficient smart electric power grid that seamlessly integrates distributed renewable energy technologies and delivers agile information-quality power. This talk will focus on advanced power semiconductor materials, devices, circuits and systems that are needed in order to address this daunting challenge. Specifically we will discuss emerging silicon and wide bandgap materials and power devices, heterogeneous chip-scale power integration, advanced thermal management and cooling, system integration, and strategic insertion of advanced power technologies into smart grid with renewable energy sources and wireless sensor control.
Birck Nanotechnology Building, Room 1001