SEMIKRON Innovation and Young Engineer Award

The SEMIKRON Innovation and 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. The SEMIKRON Foundation is awarding the prizes in cooperation with the European ECPE Network.

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2018

Winner of the Semikron Innovation Award 2018
The SEMIKRON Innovation Award is given to Stefan Matlok from Frauenhofer IISB in Erlangen for his innovation in "Zero Overvoltage Switching 'ZOS' ".

Winner of the Semikron Young Engineer Award 2018
This year’s SEMIKRON Young Engineer Award has gone to the young engineer Diogo Varajão from AddVolt in Portugal for his concept "ACDC CUBE: Single-stage Bidirectional and Isolated AC-DC Matrix Converter for Battery Energy Storage Systems" which was developed at INESC TEC during his PhD research. 

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  • 2017

    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

  • 2016

    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

  • 2015

    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

  • 2014

    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

    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

    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.

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