GE Aviation wins USD 4.1m US Army contract to develop silicon carbide power electronics

GE Aviation has been awarded a USD 4.1m contract from the US Army to develop and demonstrate silicon carbide-based power electronics supporting high-voltage next generation ground vehicle electrical power architecture, the company said.

The USD 4.1m contract will result in three hardware deliverables after a 24-month development program that will demonstrate the benefits of GE´s Silicon Carbide MOSFET technology in a 200kW starter generator controller. The integrated starter generator controller (ISGC) will provide sensored and sensorless control for multiple generator types in a single line replaceable unit weighing less than 50 pounds. It will operate at 125 degrees C ambient in bi-directional operation for engine start. The ISGC will utilize 105 degrees C coolant and will be CANbus programmable.

The contract is GE´s 5th in support of the US ARMY´s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) next generation vehicle electrical power architecture leap-ahead technology development. It will result in a prototype demonstration in 2018.

DCS Corporation is the contracting agent for US Army TARDEC. DCS develops advanced technology solutions and provides acquisition management expertise for US Army aviation, ground vehicle, soldier systems, and missile systems.

DCS provides management solutions to Government agencies in the national security sector to ensure the success of each client´s mission and to actively contribute to the well-being of the Nation.

GE´s Global Research Center is leading the development of silicon carbide MOSFET technology across multiple industries including Aviation, Healthcare and Energy in particular.

General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) operates as an infrastructure and technology company worldwide. The company´s Aviation segment provides designs and produces commercial and military aircraft engines, integrated digital components, and electric power and mechanical aircraft systems; and aftermarket services.