HiPERFORM Kick-Off meeting in Graz, Austria
HiPERFORM NEWS 2018/05/08
Events   2018/05/08  

HiPERFORM Kick-Off meeting in Graz, Austria

The project HiPERFORM – a Research and Innovation Action funded by the ECSEL Joint Undertaking – will help to increase power effectivity, switching speed and decrease volume  of power electronic systems by the introduction of wide band-gap power electronics in the drivetrain of electric vehicles. 31 partners from 8 European countries are cooperating in this 3-year project with a total budget of 41 M€. The project started on May 1st, 2018.


Graz, May 8-9, 2018 – At an international event this week in Graz, AVL List is hosting the official kick-off of the European research project HiPERFORM, focusing on energy-efficient semiconductor technologies. The project, set to run until 2021, will strengthen and expand Europe's status as a center of expertise for the development and production of innovative power electronics.



Technical Innovation

HiPERFORM will deal with all areas of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power electronics (from base materials to complete subsystems), with a special focus on the enhancement of reliability and applications with lower voltage, like 48V systems. Since a broad community worldwide is undertaking research activities in the area of GaN, investments in research for GaN devices are key to secure innovations and patents.

In addition, latest Silicon Carbide (SiC) components will be introduced into new architectures, controllers, and applications for advanced inverter systems in high power drivetrains and test systems to reduce the energy losses and reduce the components weight and size of modern EV-drivetrains.


The core objectives of the project can be summarized as follows:

  1. Long term cost reduction for SiC and GaN switches
  2. Wide Band Gap switches with up to 500 kHz and energy efficiency up to 98%
  3. Power electronics subsystems with 40% less spatial volume


Next generation of green vehicles

The expected project results will enable the European manufactures of WBG-based electric vehicle components, charging devices and test systems to deliver excellent technologies for the automotive industry, in order to develop next generation affordable green vehicles.