APEI Powers Into R&D 100 for Second Time

APEI’s high-performance, silicon carbide-based plug-in hybrid electric vehicle battery charger.
Photo Submitted

APEI’s high-performance, silicon carbide-based plug-in hybrid electric vehicle battery charger.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the second time in the company’s history, Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc. has been included in R&D Magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 technological product innovations.

The R&D 100 awards — known as the “Oscars of Innovation” — have included such cutting-edge technologies as the flashcube, the automated teller machine, the fax machine and high-definition television.

Founded in 1999, Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI) — the largest company affiliated with the University of Arkansas at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park — specializes in advanced, high-performance electronics for a variety of customers and applications, including the defense, aerospace and hybrid/electric vehicle markets.

The magazine based its latest R&D 100 award on APEI’s high-performance, silicon carbide-based plug-in hybrid electric vehicle battery charger. At the core of the on-board charger unit is one of APEI’s power modules, which will be released as a standard product later this year. The module’s high-speed switching capability and high-temperature packaging enabled the company to create a battery charger that is more efficient and more powerful than the current commercial technology.

The battery charger represents a major advance in power electronics and meets the increasing demands of the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and electric vehicle markets and plays a vital role in allowing these markets to experience continual growth. The new technology developed at APEI can also be utilized across a wide variety of different applications outside of the electric vehicle markets. These include: renewable energy battery charging, distributed grid storage, material handling equipment, boats, handicap mobility vehicles, commercial hybrid vehicles and future military tactical vehicles and systems.

APEI ed the development of the battery charger in a collaborative research partnership that includes four other entities — Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc., the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission, an academic research center based at the University of Arkansas; Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Cree Inc. The collaboration is funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency in the U.S. Department of Energy.

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor congratulated the team on its recent award.

“APEI continues to be a leader in technology which pushes the boundaries of what was previously thought possible, as evidenced by their most recent R&D 100 Award,” Pryor said. “Arkansas is proud to have innovative companies, such as APEI, call The Natural State home.”

Arkansas Sen. John Boozman said, “Receiving an R&D 100 award is a major accomplishment that recognizes world-class technology and products. The innovation at APEI can drive technology manufacturing job creation in our state. The APEI team is well deserving of this recognition and I congratulate them for their hard work, dedication and commitment to advancement in power electronics.”

In 2009, APEI received its first R&D 100 award for a high-temperature silicon carbide power module that was the result of a collaboration with the University of Arkansas and Rohm Co. Ltd. The module can greatly reduce the size and volume of power electronic systems.

Follow APEI on Twitter @APEIinc, its Facebook page and LinkedIn.

Contacts

Ty McNutt, director of business development
Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc.
479-443-5759, tmcnutt@apei.net

Chris Branam, research communications writer/editor
University Relations
479-575-4737, cwbranam@uark.edu


Editor-selected comments will be published below. No abusive material, personal attacks, profanity, spam or material of a similar nature will be considered for publication.

comments powered by Disqus

Headlines

College of Education, Health Professions to Honor Alumni, Former Dean

Robin Bowen, Anna Egalite, Yvonne Johnson and Reed Greenwood will be recognized at a reception May 12 and commencement May 13.

Ungar's New Book, 'Evolution's Bite,' to Be Released in May by Princeton Press

Renowned anthropologist Peter Ungar’s latest book follows dietary clues from fossil teeth to trace the impact of diet on human evolution.

Rhoads, Hill, Hartwell Earn Collis R. Geren Awards

Winners of the 2017 Collis R. Geren awards for excellence in graduate education will be honored at a recognition event at noon today in the Gearhart Hall Courtyard.

Finalists for Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion to Visit U of A Campus

The new vice provost will create a campus plan to improve diversity and inclusion and lead efforts to define and expand view of diversity.

Roger Gross, Shakespearean Scholar and Longtime Department of Drama Faculty Member, Dies at 86

Roger Gross, professor emeritus in the Department of Drama passed away on April 23, 2017. He joined the University of Arkansas in 1980 as the first Chair of the Department of Drama.

Newswire Daily