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Zhao Receives $3.4 Million Award to Develop Solar Inverter

Yue Zhao, assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Arkansas, has been awarded $3.4 million to advance power electronics research on the nation’s electric grid. The award includes $2,765,138 from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office and $713,853 in matching funds from university and industry partners. The funding will enable Zhao’s team to continue developing a high-density, 300-kilowatt, silicon-carbide solar inverter, a critical power electronic device to link solar power arrays to the national power grid. Zhao’s technology is intended to lower the cost of electricity produced by photovoltaic farms. “Working with cutting-edge, silicon-carbide...

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