Industrial segments adopt SiC technology

30 September 2014

A report from Yole Developpement shows that Silicon Carbide (SiC) represents a multi-million dollar business opportunity.

In SiC Modules, Devices and Substrates for Power Electronics Market, the analyst company reports that power factor corrector (PFC), photovoltaic inverter and now rail applications are fuelling SiC sales.

The 2014 edition of the market analysis  shows that the SiC chip business reached close to $100 million in 2013, due to well-established power factor corrector (PFC) applications, which still drives large volumes of diodes. Following that is photovoltaic systems, which despite a depressed market, are the beachhead for newly SiC-powered inverter or micro-inverter line-ups, says the company.

The availability of 1.7kV full and hybrid modules installed by Mitsubishi Electric in Japan have spurred train applications, which could expand dynamically, with up to 80% CAGR over 2015-2020. “We expect other rolling-stock manufacturers will quickly adopt SiC, firstly in metro and then in the high-speed trains”, explains Dr Philippe Roussel, Business Unit Manager at Yole. “We also forecast PV inverters to keep on implementing SiC at an annual growth rate of almost 12%”, adding “We expect other rolling-stock manufacturers will quickly adopt SiC, firstly in metro and then in the high-speed trains.”

Yole also takes into account, in its 2014 analysis, the competition with GaN devices in the PFC area. GaN, now able to answer 600V segment needs, becomes a serious competitor for SiC technology.




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