IXYS Corp. says that its wholly owned UK subsidiary, Westcode Semiconductors Ltd., has launched a new 6.5 kV phase control thyristor for megawatt-scale power applications. The new device is optimized for low forward conduction loss and has a nominal RMS current rating of 1695 A and a surge current rating of 10.5 kA.
The device is encapsulated in a 47 mm pole face hermetic pressure contact package using Westcode's advanced alloy-free process, the company adds. This new thyristor is part of IXYS' global strategy of introducing power semiconductors that improve the energy efficiency of electrical power systems. The device is suitable for renewable energy applications, including solar power generators and wind turbine generators.
The optimization of the conduction losses achieves the lowest system losses and minimizes the cooling requirements for applications up to 2.3 kV line voltage. At higher system voltages, where devices are required to operate in series, Westcode recommends the use of its comprehensive range of medium-voltage thyristors, such as the K0769.
The devices are available in two voltage classes and two package options: N0845NC600 & N0845NC650, which are rated at 6.0 kV & 6.5 kV, respectively, and housed in a 26-mm thick package, and N0845NG600 & N0845NG650, which are rated at 6.0 kV & 6.5 kV, respectively, and housed in a 35-mm thick package.
Westcode Semiconductors Ltd.: 44 01249444524
SOURCE: Westcode Semiconductors Ltd.