Ventura County CA
Transphorming the Future
Imagine that for every ten gallons of gasoline put into a vehicle’s fuel tank one or two gallons spilled onto the ground.
Aside from being an environmental hazard, the spillage would be a waste. It would be an environmental hazard. And, at $4 or more a gallon, it would be expensive. Very expensive.
Electric power transmission and conversion “spillage” loses energy too. Losses occur when moving electric power from generation stations through power lines to homes and businesses, farms and factories, and during conversion from one kind of electric power to another.
For example, the power coming out of our wall outlets, which is 120 volts of alternating current (AC), must be converted to 19 volts of direct current (DC) for use in a laptop computer. The conversion occurs in the “power brick” that plugs into the wall on one side, the laptop on the other. The brick gets warm. That heat is the conversion power loss.
More efficient conversion methods mean less power needs to be generated for use. Generating power is expensive. It uses fuel – typically carbon- or nuclear-based —and requires industrial-scale power plants to do it efficiently. Green power sources like solar and wind farms consume a lot of land, and even then generate power only intermittently.
Better conversion means the same work gets done with fewer power lines and power plants, and less environmental impact.
Goleta-based Transphorm Inc. is working to make power conversion devices far more efficient.
Transphorm is redefining electric power conversion, providing cost-competitive and easy-to-embed power conversion modules that reduce costly energy loss by up to 90 percent, and simplify the design and manufacturing of motor drives, power supplies and inverters for solar panels and electric vehicles. From material technology and device fabrication to circuit design and module assembly, Transphorm designs and delivers its power conversion devices and modules to meet the needs of global customers, helping them scale quickly and save money. By creating an ecosystem of electrical systems manufacturers powered by Transphorm, the company accelerates the adoption of application-specific power modules and paves the way for the next generation of electrical systems designed for optimal efficiency. To learn more about Transphorm, please visit www.transphormusa.com.