SAN FRANCISCO -- Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) is urging the US Department of Energy to select the bid by SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) for a $70 million award to build the Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Institute.
The Department of Energy grant for $70 million is a part of the President's National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) program to promote the US manufacturing sector. According to a release, the grant will allow CNSE to build a "groundbreaking research and development network for semiconductor manufacturing," with a focus on developing more effective methods to transmit electricity in cars, planes, wind turbines, datacenters, and the high utility grid.
President Obama launched the program in 2012 to help develop advanced manufacturing technologies and create jobs based on public-private partnerships.
Sen. Schumer said in the same statement:
A federally-funded New York center would keep the ball rolling for our growing semiconductor manufacturing industry. By attracting top research talent and developing new and more efficient ways of manufacturing semiconductors, the Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Institute will be like an in-house R&D arm for our existing large-scale chip fabs and should attract new companies to Upstate.
The proposed center would be located in Albany, while various stages of research, manufacturing, and post-fab packaging will take place in different facilities in upstate New York. Further research would be conducted at the University at Buffalo.
CNSE is one of the three finalists for the award and is also proposing a US Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium to develop the next generation of power switches and electronic control devices with semiconductor materials. The CNSE and MIT-led consortium consists of more than 50 academic, corporate, and government members that have pledged $400 million to match the $70 million award.
— Jessica Lipsky, Associate Editor, EE Times