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30 January 2019

II-VI Inc to supply 200mm SiC substrates under European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program REACTION

Engineered materials and optoelectronic component maker II-VI Inc of Saxonburg, PA, USA, which provides silicon carbide (SiC) substrates for power electronics, is to supply 200mm silicon carbide substrates under REACTION, a Horizon 2020 four-year program funded by the European Commission.

The Horizon 2020 program’s goal is to establish in Europe the world’s first 200mm pilot production facility for power electronics based on SiC, an advance on the existing standard of 150mm. Through this program, the European Commission is investing in the capabilities required to scale up production of SiC-based power electronics. SiC achieves superior efficiency, higher energy density and lower system-level cost per watt. Power electronics based on SiC have demonstrated their potential to have a highly beneficial impact on the environment via significant reductions in carbon-dioxide emissions.

“II-VI introduced the world’s first 200mm SiC substrates in 2015,” says Martin Benzing, managing director, II-VI GmbH. “The strength of II-VI’s technology platform is based on a strong portfolio of 30 active patents and on highly differentiated and proprietary manufacturing platforms and technologies,” he adds.

Participants in the REACTION Horizon 2020 program represent the entire value chain for power electronics. The mission is to demonstrate the possibility of scaling the mass production of 200mm substrates for SiC devices in power applications ranging from 600V to 3.3kV. The ultimate goal is to achieve the cost, performance and size requirements that will enable their broad adoption in emerging clean technology applications, including in electric cars, renewable energy systems and smart power grids.

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