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Next Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute

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President Obama announced Jan. 15, 2014, the selection of a North Carolina-headquartered consortium of businesses and universities, led by North Carolina State University, to lead a manufacturing innovation institute for next generation power electronics.

In last year’s State of the Union address, the President proposed a series of three new manufacturing institutes that the Administration can create using existing resources. The Next Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute is the first of these institutes.


The new manufacturing innovation institute is supported by the Department of Energy with matching funds from industry and other partners. It will provide shared facilities, equipment, and testing and modeling capabilities to companies across the power electronics supply chain, particularly small and medium-size manufacturers, to help invent, design and manufacture new semiconductor chips and devices. The institute will also pair chip designers and manufacturers with large power electronic manufacturers and suppliers to bring these technologies to market faster and will offer training, higher education programs and hands-on internships that give American workers the skills for new job opportunities and meet the needs of this emerging and globally competitive industry.

The new institute is focused on enabling the next generation of energy-efficient, high-power electronic chips and devices by making wide bandgap semiconductor technologies cost-competitive with current silicon-based power electronics in the next five years. These improvements will make power electronic devices like motors, consumer electronics, and devices that support our power grid faster, smaller, and more efficient.

Go to the White House Press Release: President Obama Announces New Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Go to the White House Blog: Wide Bandgap Semiconductors: Essential to Our Technology Future

Read remarks by the President on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation at North Carolina State University

Go to the Request for Information (RFI): Clean Energy Manufacturing Topics Suitable for a Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Learn more about the Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute:

Learn more about wide bandgap semiconductors for power electronic devices.

Go to the DOD Manufacturing Institutes at Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation and Lightweight and Modern Metals Innovation

Read the FAQ about the three new Institutes and National Network for Manufacturing Innovation: NNMI_FAQ.pdf (Updated July 30, 2013 – A new question has been added on page 3.)

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