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UA gets $2.6 million for electronic vehicle research

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 11:33 AM

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The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded UA Distinguished Professor Alan Mantooth a portion of a $3.2 million grant for research that will advance the development of lightweight power converters for use in the electrification of trucks and buses. That means more efficient electrical vehicles for the future.

Mantooth's research team will receive $2,163,630 for its “Reliable, High Power Density Inverters for Heavy Equipment Applications” project. The UA received another $461,604 as part of $1.7 million grant to a related project to be led by a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor.

A press release announcing the award said it was based on "Mantooth's extensive and long-term investigation of wide-bandgap semiconductors." Most of us may not know what that means exactly, but it does suggest that Mantooth, who, besides holding the Twenty-First Century Research Leadership Chair, is the executive director of the Department of Energy-funded Cybersecurity of Secure Evolvable Energy Delivery Systems and who holds other distinguished titles, and the UA department of electrical engineering can attract top Arkansas students who might go elsewhere.

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