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Delta Wins $3M Grant from US Dept of Energy

By Nicky Callinan on February 25th, 2015
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Delta was recently announced as the recipient of a $3m grant to develop and commercialise the next generation of on-board EV chargers.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) awarded the funding to Delta to create a high-efficiency, high-density, 6.6kW bidirectional on-board charger for plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs), which will use novel designs based on Gallium Nitride (GaN) power switches that target energy efficiency over 95% and reduce volume and mass by 30% to 50% compared to today’s technology.

The development of a smaller, lighter, less expensive and more efficient bidirectional on-board charger will be an enabling technology for affordable, fuel efficient plug-in electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid applications.

The EERE research program will be a collaboration platform for industry leaders in different fields and a world-renowned research university. As a Tier-1 automotive supplier, Delta will be partnering with FCA US LLC, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies, Transphorm, a pioneering company in GaN power devices, and Virginia Tech’s Center for Power Electronics Systems.

Delta has also developed a number of energy-efficient solutions for PEV on-board chargers, DC-DC converters, fast charger modules, battery disconnect units, and off-board charging station and site management systems.

 

About the U.S. Department of Energy and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The EERE accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. EERE is at the centre of creating the clean energy economy today, and leads the U.S. Department of Energy’s efforts to develop and deliver market-driven solutions for energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing; sustainable transportation; and renewable electricity generation.