Power Electronics for Renewable Energy June 20126/21/2012 CONFIDENTIAL (c) 2012 AgileSwitch, LLC 1
Renewable Energy Trends• Solar/PV installations to reach 24 GW, up from 19 GW in 2010. (IMS Research)• Wind power installations will increase from 236 GW in 2011 to 563 GW in 2017. (Pike Research, 2011)• 5 million cars manufactured in 2016 will be full HEV, plug-in HEV or EV. (Yole Développement, 2011)6/21/2012 CONFIDENTIAL (c) 2012 AgileSwitch, LLC 2
Renewable Energy Applications Have Increased Cost and Performance Requirements For IGBTs• Decreased $/Watt• Higher current and voltage requirements• Faster switching speeds• Increased heat sensitivity• Higher efficiencies• Reducing switching losses6/21/2012 CONFIDENTIAL (c) 2012 AgileSwitch, LLC 3
AgileSwitch Gate Drivers Were Developed to Address These Requirements AgileSwitch drivers leverage high speed FET driver technology and magnetics expertise, and monitor up to 8 distinct fault signals, to provide maximum switching performance and reliability for IGBTs6/21/2012 CONFIDENTIAL (c) 2012 AgileSwitch, LLC 4
AgileSwitch Drivers Are Perfectly Matched for Fuji IGBTs• Designed from the ground up to work specifically with Fuji high power IGBT modules in demanding applications.• Deliver more power than competitive gate drivers – only plug and play solutions available for 450A and 600A Econodual.• Tuned to optimize Fuji IGBT performance• Developed specifically for the following applications: Solar/PV Inverters Wind Turbines Motor Drives UPS HEV/EV Welding/Cutting High Speed Trains6/21/2012 CONFIDENTIAL (c) 2012 AgileSwitch, LLC 5
Key Driver Benefits• Higher peak drive current capability, higher wattage ratings, higher voltage ratings, and superior dV/dT immunity.• Lower idle power with efficient gate charge delivery to compliment the cleaner power switching of IGBTs.• Advanced fault monitoring and control available: – Separate HI and LO Faults, All Faults – Desaturation – UVLO – Cross Latch/ Cross Over – Temperature6/21/2012 CONFIDENTIAL (c) 2012 AgileSwitch, LLC 6
AgileSwitch Key Driver Features Minimum On and Off periods Plug-and-play solution Isolated DC/DC converter Interface for 3.3V, 5V or 15V logic levels Regulated gate-emitter voltage +15V/-10V gate drive voltage Separate gate current paths Suitable for IGBTs up to 1700V (on/off) Power supply under-voltage IGBT short-circuit protection lockout (Opt.) Reliable, long service life Easy mounting directly onto the IGBT Up to 8 individual fault signals Fault lockout functionality (Opt.) (Opt.) IGBT and ambient thermal fault Monitor under voltage, overshoot, detection (Opt.) desaturation (Opt.)6/21/2012 CONFIDENTIAL (c) 2012 AgileSwitch, LLC 7
Drivers can be Configured to Optimize the Application • Configurations based on component changes or CPLD Programming – no need for custom PCBs • Options may include: • Desaturation time • Soft turn-off voltage level • Deadtime • Soft turn-off time • Fault outputs • Gate resistance • Connectors6/21/2012 CONFIDENTIAL (c) 2012 AgileSwitch, LLC 8
Why AgileSwitch?• Drivers are complex and challenging to develop – It’s what we do• We tailor the driver for the application… – Optimize for switching speed and efficiency – Monitor and control fault conditions – Match connectors to your application• …improve IGBT system qualification and performance – Standard Plug and Play for immediate use – Designed from the ground up for easy optimization – Shipped with customer specific gate resistors – Produced in the USA for rapid delivery6/21/2012 CONFIDENTIAL (c) 2012 AgileSwitch, LLC 11
How to Get StartedThe following key questions help us get started: 1. Model numbers of IGBTs in use or considered. 2. Operating frequency (kHz) – Maximum and nominal. 3. Post Header Connector requirement – Fiber or electrical, and preference. 4. Interface I/O signal voltages. 5. If the IGBT is being driven in parallel. If so, how many? (2 or 3?) 6. Any industry specific requirements. 7. Estimated annual usage.6/21/2012 CONFIDENTIAL (c) 2012 AgileSwitch, LLC 12
Data Sheet, Spec Sheet and Intake are On-Line• Data Sheet and Spec Sheets can be found on the Products page: http://www.agileswitch.com/products.page• Intake Form can be found on the Contact US page at: http://www.agileswitch.com/Contact-us.page6/21/2012 CONFIDENTIAL (c) 2012 AgileSwitch, LLC 13
How to Reach Us info@AgileSwitch.com 484-483-32566/21/2012 CONFIDENTIAL (c) 2012 AgileSwitch, LLC 14
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