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Silicon Carbide - The Future Of Solar Inverters
Silicon Carbide can withstand higher temperatures and voltages than silicon, making it ideal for power electronics.
Silicon Carbide has a 300X better thermal conductivity compared to traditional silicon. This lowers the operating temperatures leading to fewer failures. Lab tests showed a 10X improvement in the mean time to failure vs. conventional silicon.
BREK Electronics has redesigned the Solar String Inverter using novel composite architecture optimized for Silicon Carbide (SiC) components. This enables 2x the power in a package that can still be manually installed, without heavy machinery.
“Silicon Carbide’s advantages can be summed up in one word – efficiency,”
explains Alexander Duval of Goldman Sachs Research.
Silicon Carbide can withstand higher temperatures and preserve more energy than silicon. Silicon Carbide will ultimately slash the cost of installing solar inverters.
Silicon Carbide is 300X better at thermal conductivity vs traditional silicon. This lowers the operating temperatures which lead to fewer failures. Lab tests showed a 10X improvement in the mean time to failure vs conventional silicon.
BREK Electronics has redesigned the Solar String Inverter using novel composite architecture optimized for Silicon Carbide (SiC) components.
Why Use a BREK Inverter?
Twice the power
Twice the power, 250 kW, in a package the same size and weight of today's conventional 125 kW string inverter
Installed without heavy equipment
Installed within OSHA guidelines for manual lift, foregoing the need for expensive, heavy equipment
Longer inverter life
Lab tests showed an improvement in the mean time to failure vs conventional silicon, projected to last 2X longer than current models
48% lower maintenance costs
48% lower maintenance and operations costs projected over the life of the inverter
Power curtailment functions
Power curtailment functions built into inverter control firmware with active grid monitoring
Manufactured in the USA
BREK uses lightweight planar magnetics and ceramic capacitors, enabling automated US manufacturing.
"[Brek’s] technology aligns with improvements the commercial solar industry would value. String inverters represent a significant, and ever growing percentage of the equipment deployed on projects across the country. The proposed reduction in inverter form factor and weight along with increased power and heat dissipation would add value to any inverter, and distinguish a given manufacturer over what is currently available in the market."
Lead Project Engineer, AES Distributed Energy
"We see significant potential in BREK’s high capacity solar string inverters to reduce CAPEX and OPEX, while increasing system availability for large solar installations. BREK’s development of a 250 kW capacity high-reliability, high-capacity inverter employing novel composite silicon carbide architecture is very timely and of high interest."
Director - Power Systems Development, First Solar
Meet Our Team
Prof. Robert Erickson
Co-founder and CTO
Prof. Robert Erickson is a world-renowned expert in Silicon Carbide Power Electronics. Prof. Erickson’s power electronics lab at the University of Colorado-Boulder has received over $4.4M in funding from the Department of Energy for SiC converter research, and BREK is built upon this foundation.
Dr. Kala Majeti
President and Co-founder
Dr. Kala Majeti is an expert in IP licensing having worked at The University of Colorado–Boulder in their Technology Transfer Office. She previously founded 4 startups and has over a decade of experience in the global solar industry. Dr. Majeti has over 25 years of experience in product and business development including senior management positions at AT&T and Lucent Technologies’ Bell Laboratories.
Co-founder and Vice-President of Engineering
Roger Bell is an expert in power electronic systems. He is a former senior engineer at Lockheed Martin and has been modeling, designing, and testing high-reliability power electronic systems for over 33 years. He worked on power electronics for NASA’s Mars and Jupiter probes.
Sreenivas Cherukuri has nearly a decade of experience in founding and growing startups. He previously served as Co-founder and COO of a medical device startup, which had a profitable exit. Mr. Cherukrui was also Director of Lotus Bank and navigated it through the 2008 financial crisis.