Power Electronics

NREL is researching power electronics and control systems that enable seamless integration of renewable energy resources and microgrids with the grid while meeting stringent operational requirements.

Take a virtual 360-degree tour of the power electronic facilities on NREL's Colorado campuses!


NREL supports advanced manufacturing through power-electronics-related capabilities and projects. Watch an NREL video on the future energy saving that power electronics can provide.

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Electric Drive Analysis for The Ohio State University

NREL performed thermal management analysis and simulations on a high-performance, high-speed drive—developed by The Ohio State University—that can integrate with electric grids. NREL's research could significantly advance transformerless drive technologies for a range of industries and motor applications.

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Advancing Wide-Bandgap Power Modules

Highlighting the impact of collaboration between industry and national laboratories, GE Aviation Systems, a subsidiary of General Electric, used NREL's advanced modeling and experimental capabilities to improve the thermal performance and reliability of their wide-bandgap power modules.

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Oxide Electronic Devices

NREL leads a three-party partnership alongside academia and industry to develop oxide electronic devices for extreme operating environments, including high temperatures, corrosive atmospheres, and mechanical stresses.

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Silicon Carbide Wafer Manufacturing

NREL's advanced manufacturing researchers partner with industry and academia to improve the materials and processes used to manufacture silicon carbide wafers to simplify fabrication and reduce costs.

Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines

NREL's world-class power electronics and electric machines research delivers safe, reliable, high-performing, power-dense components that allow seamless integration between renewable energy sources, electric transportation, and the grid. This research helps make widespread electric vehicle adoption and greenhouse gas emissions reduction more feasible.