INDUSTRY ANALYSES

With the goal of extending the United States’ leadership role in the global power electronics industry, PEIC conducts in-depth studies in search of the most compelling opportunities for companies with domestic operations to successfully compete worldwide. Our analyses focus on prospects for creating downstream design and manufacturing jobs right here in the U.S.

U.S. research organizations are producing smaller, better-performing, lower-cost power electronics devices and subcomponents; however, commercializing these product innovations can become constrained without sufficient resources at a more local level. PEIC is dedicated to expanding the domestic power electronics ecosystem by first understanding and then helping the industry to fill in investment and workforce development gaps.

For example, we have found that many LED and radio frequency (RF) electronics manufacturers are finding it advantageous to horizontally integrate their product lines to include power electronics. By advocating investments in partnerships with adjacent industries such as these, new economies of scale can be achieved.

We were proud to announce that PEIC’s initial analysis of the U.S. power electronics supply chain was completed in July 2016 as part of a $500,000 two-year grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program.

INVESTMENT

A vibrant domestic power electronics ecosystem is key to competing effectively in the global marketplace. PEIC understands what types of funding, from both the private and public sectors, are needed to strengthen and grow the U.S. power electronics ecosystem. To that end, we actively advocate for new investments by developing advanced road maps and educational position papers, which are presented at industry conferences and tradeshows. PEIC also directly interacts and collaborates with federal, state, and local agencies to obtain financial support for industry-critical activities and programs.

As part of our NIST AMTech Program findings, we are recommending greater investment in several areas. Whether large or relatively small, our organization is eager to help as many promising initiatives to succeed as possible. PEIC is currently considering multiple opportunities, such as sponsoring competitive innovator challenges in power electronics technology development and subsystem prototype manufacturing. Consider joining us in our efforts to invest in the future and accelerate innovation.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

To remain competitive, the domestic power electronics industry must continue to attract and train a workforce ever more capable of addressing the rapidly evolving needs of global markets. PEIC’s Workforce Development Committee collaborates with many research and academic institutions, including the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Kettering University, the University of Minnesota’s Consortium of Universities for Sustainable Power, North Carolina State University-based PowerAmerica, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute. We also support our member organizations on a wide range of initiatives and activities related to talent development. A highly skilled and dynamic workforce will help to position the U.S. as a global center for innovation, thus creating more employment opportunities in power electronics research, design, and manufacturing. We invite new members to assist our workforce development committee in this important effort. Please contact info@peic-us.org for more information on how you can help.