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Solitronics LLC is a Cary, NC based company that has received a grant(s) from the Department of Energy's SBIR/STTR program. The abstract(s) for these grant award(s) are provided as well since they provide insights into Solitronics LLC's business and areas of expertise. This project will develop a 10 kV-18 kV class high voltage SiC Emitter Turn-off (ETO) Thyristor that maximizes the capability of SiC materials while minimize the effect of immature material properties in SiC such as poor oxide reliability and low surface mobility.
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Solitronics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where is Solitronics's headquarters?
Solitronics's headquarters is located at 2408 Chelmsford Court, Cary.
What is Solitronics's latest funding round?
Solitronics's latest funding round is Grant.
Who are the investors of Solitronics?
Investors of Solitronics include U.S. Department of Energy.
Who are Solitronics's competitors?
Competitors of Solitronics include Supercon and 4 more.
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