A Microgrid-based Power Distribution System incorporating SiC SSPCs
MICROGRAV’s scope is the designing, development, testing and flight qualifying of high Power Distribution Units (PDUs) for the safe control and protection of the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC), Low Voltage Direct Current (LVDC) electrical generation system supplies on the Next Generation Aircraft. Within this framework, the project will incorporate Silicon Carbide (SiC) technology for the implementation of Solid State Power Controllers (SSPCs) providing so significant benefits in terms of fault isolation, cooling provisions, space envelope, and weight and system reliability compared with traditional switching technologies. Additionally, the implementation of a Microgrid Architecture in the power distribution of the Next Generation Aircraft and the eventual on flight smart power management is a major part of this project, aiming at the efficient use of the available aircraft power – especially during failure conditions.
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