Decarbonization Avenue University research @ CLIMAX

Zhao Receives $3.4 Million Award to Develop Solar Inverter

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.

Research team uses a holistic design approach to develop a solar inverter that will achieve higher efficiency and power density, an extended service life and lower long-term costs.

This innovation significantly increases the volumetric power density of the device, while decreasing its size and reducing installation and maintenance costs.


  • Solar energy

Sustainability domain

  • Renewable Energy

Type of innovation

  • Core sciences & engineering

Stakeholder type

  • University researcher
  • Corporate researcher
  • Financial investor


Relevant for

  • Operations & maintenance professional
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Solar power professional
  • Production or process engineer
  • Venture capital or private equity professional

Innovation sector

  • Environmental sciences
  • Financial investing
  • Renewable energy sciences