Silicon-carbide (SiC) power electronics from STMicroelectronics has been used in ZapCharger Portable, a small electric-car charging station from Zaptec, a start-up company in the transformer industry.

ZapCharger works with any electric car on any grid. ST’s SiC MOSFET[1] devices have enabled Zaptec engineers to design a portable, yet powerful piece of equipment.  The 3kg, 45 x 10 x 10cm charger delivers an energy efficiency of 97%.

SiC Silicon Carbide MOSFET Zaptec electric car charger

Courtesy of STMicroelectronics

Inside the ZapCharger, 32 Silicon Carbide MOSFETs from ST deliver efficient power conversion with minimum losses.

“The key for us was to find a power technology with a very high efficiency so we could reduce the overall size of the charger without compromising performance. ST’s silicon-carbide offering was the perfect match,” said Jonas Helmikstøl, COO, Zaptec.

After successful field tests, ZapCharger is starting pilot production now, with volume ramp-up scheduled at the end of Q3 2016.

 

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