Danfoss and SBE Display New Fully Integrated Capacitor/Bus/IGBT Modules at APEC

Danfoss Silicon Power GmbH and SBE, Inc. announced today that they will display the latest versions of their joint development efforts of new fully integrated capacitor/bus structure/IGBT design solutions for power electronics for transportation and other demanding applications at the upcoming APEC Conference in Orlando, Fla., February 6 to 9, 2012.

As part of these jointly designed solutions, SBE, Inc. is providing leading edge film capacitors with the highest performance for electric vehicle and energy conversion inverters and systems. SBE integrated module topology is an innovative approach which offers many benefits such as higher performance in inductance and thermal efficiency, weight reduction, smaller packaging and total system cost savings.
For this demonstrative design, Danfoss utilized its leading edge transfer molded power module technology, which provides best-in-class power density and scalability. The unique ShowerPower® cooler provides efficient thermal management for both the power modules as well as the bus bar in a compact double sided concept.

Claus Petersen, Vice President at Danfoss Customized Power Electronics states, “Improvements in performance and power density clearly benefit from a more holistic approach in the inverter design. Therefore a closer collaboration between project partners is important to maximize the value to the customer. We are eager to see the market response to this unique concept. SBE was the logical choice for this collaboration. Their highly efficient film capacitors perfectly complement our product offerings in custom power module and cooling technology.”

SBE President and CEO Ed Sawyer commented, “SBE is very pleased to solidify this new topology approach to next generation inverter and power stage design by teaming our industry leading capacitor capabilities with a global leader in IGBT solutions, Danfoss Silicon Power. Such projects allow our two organizations to be an efficient and cost competitive supplier and partner to innovative companies in this industry and provide what is arguably one of the most advanced power stage modules available on the market today.”

Jon Bereisa, Senior Technical Advisor for SBE Inc. added: “The electrification of the automobile has successfully reached the technical feasibility stage today. Cost improvements are needed to reach the commercial viability stage for mass-market acceptance. Cost must be attacked everywhere. The SBE power ring capacitor technology is a major enabler for power electronics design simplification, up-integration, and higher temperature operation to significantly drive down the cost while improving performance.”

About Danfoss
Danfoss is one of the largest industrial companies in Denmark. The global group is a leader within research, development and production, sales and service of mechanical and electronic components for several industries.
Danfoss has a large ownership share in one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of mobile hydraulics, Sauer-Danfoss. Danfoss seeks to reach its goals with a minimal consumption of raw materials and energy, the least possible impact on its surroundings and the most efficient use of resources. Danfoss has a long tradition for a social responsibility towards both employees and the surrounding environment.

About SBE
SBE Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of film capacitor solutions that provide a much higher degree of reliability, higher power density, and simpler cooling infrastructure in demanding applications, particularly for transportation, alternative energy and military. Recently, SBE has brought this technology to a new level by developing integrated capacitor/bus structure/cooling/IGBT inverter topologies, in partnership with industry leaders. SBE recently built a world class facility for the manufacture of its Power Ring capacitors used in drivetrain inverters for electric drive vehicles. The company’s headquarters are located in Barre, Vermont.

SBE Inc.
Christine Sawyer, Marketing Director
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Philip Baxter, Director Strategic Marketing
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