EPC opens motor drive Centre of Excellence in Turin

EPC opens motor drive Centre of Excellence in Turin

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By Nick Flaherty

US GaN specialist EPC has opened a new design application center near Turin, Italy, to focus on growing motor drive applications

The centre has expertise in e-mobility, robotics, drones, and industrial automation markets and has equipment to test applications from 400 W to 10’s of kW.

Turin has a historical tradition in electric motors and motor drives enabling the company to draw on the wealth of local technical talent.  EPC’s engineers at the centre are exploring ways to exploit the potential of EPC’s GaN technology in motor drive applications to enable a substantial increase in the efficiency of the motor, leading to higher power density designs than what has been possible with historically MOSFET-based designs.

Turin also features the Power Electronics Innovation Centre, a cross-department entity in the Politecnico di Torino – one of the most important technical Universities in Europe – and EPC is collaborating closely with PEIC by investing in shared research and development.

The new facility is headed by Marco Palma, EPC’s Director of Motor Systems and Applications. “Our new facility combines a comprehensive GaN product portfolio and design expertise offering customers a center of excellence that is unrivalled for motor drive applications,” he said.

“Its location is key too, as Europe is driving the green revolution in the e-mobility market, by using the Euro 7 standard in the short term and by banning internal combustion engines by 2035. This is definitely the right time to invest in higher power density motor solutions that avoid unnecessary energy waste,” he added.

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