Power Electronics Thermal Management

Research output: NRELPresentation


The 2017 Electrical and Electronics Technical Team Roadmap [1] proposes aggressive research and development targets aimed at improving power electronics technology to enable the mass-market penetration of electric-drive vehicles. Achieving these aggressive targets will require a decrease in cost (year 2025 cost target: $2.70/kW) and an increase in power density (year 2025 power density target: 100 kW/L) as compared with current on-road technology. Replacing traditional silicon device-based components with more efficient and higher-temperature wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductor device-based components will enable increased power density. However, meeting the power density target will also require innovative thermal management solutions to increase the heat fluxes dissipated and allow for compact electronics packaging.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2023 Vehicle Technologies Office Annual Merit Review, 12-15 June 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5400-85894


  • dielectric fluids
  • power electronics
  • thermal management
  • wide bandgap


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