15/12/2017 - Successful first phase of cluster internationalisation comes to an end
(2 CLINT research projects accepted)

2016 and 2017 marked the initial phase of the Cluster Internationalisation (CLINT) of the Bavarian Cluster. In 2018 the internationalisation efforts will continue with two research projects in Germany that interlink with projects covering the same topics on the Japanese side. SiC-DC Breaker will deal with electronic circuit breakers in collaboration with NPERC-J while IsoGap is focusing on high temperature materials and reliability testing in collaboration with a consortium around the University of Osaka. The German projects are scheduled to start in spring 2018 for a duration of three years and are funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research. 

The cooperation in the field of wide-bandgap power electronics with two consortia from Japan had many highlights - from intercultural competence seminars to technology studies and joint workshops in Nuremberg and Tokyo.

Furthermore, a new "WBG User Training" was established and is now part of the regular schedule of ECPE tutorials. A total of five trips to Japan gave valuable insight into the research efforts in Japan and helped to strengthen the collaboration with the Japanese power electronics community.