SEMIKRON Innovation Award and SEMIKRON Young Engineer Award


The SEMIKRON Innovation Award and the SEMIKRON Young Engineer Award is given for outstanding innovations in projects, prototypes, services or novel concepts in the field of power electronics in Europe, combined with notable societal benefits in form of supporting environmental protection and sustainability by improving energy efficiency and conservation of resources.

Both prizes have been initiated and are donated by the SEMIKRON Foundation which is awarding the prizes in cooperation with the European ECPE Network.

With the award the SEMIKRON Foundation wants to motivate people of all ages and organisations of any legal status to deal with innovations in power electronics, a key technology of the 21th century, in order to improve environmental protection and sustainability by energy efficiency and conservation of resources.


2018

CALL FOR PROPOSAL
Call deadline: 15 January 2018

The SEMIKRON Innovation and Young Engineer Prizes will be awarded in the frame of the ECPE Annual Event in March 2018 in Stuttgart. A single person or a team of researchers can be awarded.

          Ø SEMIKRON Innovation Award includes prize money of EUR 10.000,00.

          Ø SEMIKRON Young Engineer Award* includes prize money of EUR 3.000,00.

* for researchers who have not yet completed their 30th year of age.

The selection procedure for the prize winners is organised in cooperation with ECPE European Center for Power Electronics e.V.. The submitted proposals will be passed to an independent and neutral evaluation committee of experts for discussion and assessment. To apply for the SEMIKRON Awards own applications as well as proposals from third parties are welcomed.

Please send your proposal resp. your application with the reference ´SEMIKRON Innovation Award´ by email to Thomas Harder, General Manager of ECPE e.V., thomas.harder(at)ecpe.org.

The deadline for submission ends on 15.01.2018. The receipt of your proposal will be confirmed by email.

Call for Proposal 2018


2017

(from left to right) Prof. Leo Lorenz (ECPE), Johannes Kolb (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Mario Gommeringer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Alexander Schmitt (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Pierrick Ausseresse (Infineon Technologies), Marco Schilling (Ilmenau Technical University), Bettina Martin (SEMIKRON-Stiftung) Quelle: TILMAN WEISHART PHOTOGRAPHY

Winner of the Semikron Innovation Award 2017

This year’s SEMIKRON Innovation Award went to a team of three engineers: Mario Gommeringer, Johannes Kolb and Alexander Schmitt from KIT Karlsruhe. The award-winning team has developed a new innovative power electronic circuit at the Institute of Electrical Engineering (ETI) of KIT Karlsruhe that will help maximize power output in solar power generators. The new circuit known as the HILEM circuit or “High Efficiency Low Effort MPP Tracking Circuit” can be connected between any number of photovoltaic strings and a common inverter. 

Winner of the Semikron Young Engineer Award 2017

This year’s SEMIKRON Young Engineer Award has gone to two young researchers. The first award winner Pierrick Ausseresse from Infineon Technologies was selected for his work on the development of a new digital IC for use in PC power supplies. The other joint winner of the Young Engineer Award is Marco Schilling from Ilmenau Technical University. Mr Schilling’s award-winning development Opti-PAC is a new, versatile tool for optimum active and passive component selection in automotive power systems such as electric drivetrains or DC/DC converters.

Press Release 2017

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2016

(from left to right) Bettina Martin (SEMIKRON Stiftung), Prof. Leo Lorenz (ECPE), Dr. Patrick Berwian (Fraunhofer IISB), Larissa Wehrhahn-Killian (Infineon Technologies AG), Dr. Michael Krieger (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), Dr. Steffen Oppel representative of Dr. Michael Schütz (Intego GmbH), Prof. Dr. Elena Lomonova representative of Erik Lemmen (TU Eindhoven) Quelle: TILMAN WEISHART PHOTOGRAPHY

Winner of the Semikron Innovation Award 2016

The Semikron Innovation Award 2016 is given to Dr. Michael Schütz (Intego GmbH, Erlangen), Larissa Wehrhahn-Kilian (Infineon Technologies AG, Erlangen), Dr. Patrick Berwian (Fraunhofer IISB, Erlangen) and Dr. Michael Krieger (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg) for their innovation on ´Zero Tolerance - Silicon Carbide Device Technology for the Smart Grid of the Future´.

Winner of the Semikron Young Engineer Award 2016

The SEMIKRON Young Engineer Award 2016 is given to Mr Erik Lemmen from University of Technology Eindhoven, The Netherlands for his contributions to the development of an ´Extended Commutation Cell - A Path Towards Flexible and Reliable Multilevel Power Conversion´.

Press Release 2016

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2015

(from left to right) Peter Beckedahl (SEMIKRON), Stefan Matlok (Fraunhofer IISB, as representative of Otto Kreutzer und Alexander Wirth), Prof. Michael A.E.Andersen (TU Denmark), Mickey Madsen (TU Denmark), Marco Denk (Universität Bayreuth), Prof. Leo Lorenz (ECPE), Dipl.-Phys. Thomas Harder (ECPE) und Prof. Mark-M. Bakran (Uni Bayreuth).

Winner of the Semikron Innovation Award 2015

This year the jury has decided to equally share the SEMIKRON Innovation Award among two candidates. Therefore, the SEMIKRON Innovation Award 2015 is given to:

Otto Kreutzer and Alexander Wirth from Fraunhofer IISB in Erlangen, Germany for their innovation on a ´Full SiC DC/DC Converter with a Power Density of more than 140 kW/dm³´.

Mickey Madsen from Technical University of Denmark, in Lyngby, Denmark for his outstanding work on an ´Efficient and Cost Effective Gate Drive for Resonant Converters Enabling Small Low-Cost Power Converters with long Lifespan´.

Winner of the Semikron Young Engineer Award 2015

The SEMIKRON Young Engineer Award 2015 is given to Mr Marco Denk from University of Bayreuth, Germany for his contributions to the development of an ´IGBT Junction Temperature Measurement within a Working Voltage Source Inverter´.

Press Release 2015

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2014

(from left to right) Prof. Leo Lorenz (ECPE), Benjamin Zeller, Dr. Johann Miniböck, Bettina Heidenreich-Martin (SEMIKRON Foundation) Bild-Quelle: Mesago PCIM GmbH/Thomas Geiger

Winner of the Semikron Innovation Award 2014

The SEMIKRON Foundation and the ECPE European Center for Power Electronics e.V. jointly honoured Prof. Dr. Johann Walter Kolar, Power Electronic Systems Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Dr. Johann Miniböck, M-PEC Power Electronics Consulting, Austria with the SEMIKRON Innovation Award 2014 at the PCIM 2014 for their outstanding innovation on ´Multiple-Interleaved Triangular-Current-Mode Converters´.

Winner of the Semikron Young Engineer Award 2014

The SEMIKRON Young Engineer Award goes to Benjamin Zeller, Fujitsu Technology Solutions in Augsburg, Germany for his contributions to the development of a high-efficient and high volume 65W power supply on a PC mainboard.

Press Release 2014

2013

(from left to right) Frank Seybold , Sebastian Franz, Prof. Dr. Leo Lorenz, Prof. Dr. Bruno Burger , Michael Eberlin , Bettina Heidenreich-Martin, Jordi Everts Source: Semikron


Winner of the Semikron Foundation Award 2013
The SEMIKRON Foundation and the ECPE European Centre for Power Electronics e.V. jointly honoured the team of Michael Eberlin, Florian Reiners, Dr. Olivier Stalter, Sebastian Franz (all of Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg) and Frank Seybold (KACO new energy) with the SEMIKRON Innovation Award 2013 at the PCIM Europe 2013 for their “Innovative Power Electronics for the next generation village energy supply“ concept.

Winner of the Semikron Young Engineer Award 2013
The SEMIKRON Young Engineer Award goes to Jordi Everts, PhD student and research assistant at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium, Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), for his concept of a “Bidirectional Isolated ZVS DAB DC-DC Converter with Ultra Wide Input and/or Output Voltage Range, being Applied in a Single-Stage PFC AC-DC Electric Vehicle Battery Charger”.

Press Release 2013

2012

(from left to right) Dirk Heidenreich, CEO SEMIKRON-Group, Lars Lindenmüller, José A. Cobos, Oscar Garcia, Prof. Dr. Leo Lorenz


Winner of the Semikron Foundation Award 2012

The SEMIKRON Foundation and the ECPE European Centre for Power Electronics e.V. jointly honoured the team of José A. Cobos, Oscar García, Roberto Prieto, Pedro Alou, Jesús A. Oliver und Miroslav Vasić Univ. Politécnica de Madrid ) with the SEMIKRON Innovation Award 2012 at the PCIM Europe 2012 for their “RF Power Amplifier with Increased Efficiency and Bandwidth“ concept.

Winner of the Semikron Young Engineer Award 2012
The SEMIKRON Young Engineer Award goes to Lars Lindenmüller (TU Dresden), for his concept “Forced Evacuation Switch”. Lars Lindenmüller’s innovation addresses the area of high power converters for smart grids, renewable energy, and traction using high voltage IGBTs in resonant converter topologies.