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Cryogenic Power Electronics for Superconducting Power Systems - Future Technologies for Electric Aircraft and Ships


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Stefan Steinhoff, CTO for High Power devices at IXYS UK Westcode, talks about the design of cryogenic power electronic devices for high-reliability superconducting power systems that will open up new electric transport applications.

Date and Time

12 February 2018 - 19:00-21:00


Bristol, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - SW:Bristol local network.

About this event

The increasing demands of transport systems have often been a key driver in the development of High Power Electronics, in its long tradition in the railway industries as well as more recently with the rise of electric cars and their infrastructure. But also ships and aircraft are planned to go more and more electric in order to increase energy efficiency and reduce their environmental impact under the "Clean Sky Initiative".

In all these developments, maximum energy density, minimised system losses and often minimised system weight is the target – but system reliability remains key.
To ensure this reliability with known materials and concepts is the more challenging the more traditional running conditions are exceeded: e.g. very high temperatures, extremely high electric fields, or very low temperatures, as needed when superconductors are part of the system.

This talk is about the design of power electronic devices for superconducting power systems, where these reliability considerations were at very start of the R&D work.


19:00 - Networking and free refreshments
19:30 - Lecture

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About the speaker

Stefan Steinhoff studied Physics in Göttingen (Germany), finishing with a thesis on microfabrication of optical components for X-ray microscopy. He joined the IXYS Semiconductors process engineering team in 1995, working on bipolar devices, Schottky diodes and IGBTs.  He became Project Leader on compound semiconductor devices (GaAs, SiC) for IXYS Berlin, then in 2009 joined IXYS UK Westcode in 2009 as Chief Technology Officer for High Power devices.


Room 2Q49
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol BS16 1QY

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