University of Bristol Addresses REWIRE IKC to Foster Innovative Semiconductor Technologies

University of Bristol Addresses REWIRE IKC to Foster Innovative Semiconductor Technologies

In a significant stride towards achieving a sustainable future, the University of Bristol is spearheading a groundbreaking initiative with the launch of the £11 million Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) REWIRE. This center promises to revolutionize semiconductor technologies and electronic devices, marking a crucial step forward in the global mission towards net zero emissions.

Semiconductors, the backbone of modern electronics, power everything from smartphones to electric vehicles. Recognizing their pivotal role in achieving net zero, artificial intelligence, and quantum technology, the REWIRE IKC is set to push the boundaries of innovation in collaboration with industry partners from the Universities of Cambridge and Warwick.

With a focus on wide/ultra-wide bandgap (WBG/UWBG) compound semiconductors, the center aims to propel the UK towards its net zero ambitions by pioneering the next generation of high-voltage electronic devices. These advancements not only promise more efficient power electronic systems but also bolster the security of the UK's semiconductor supply chain.

Professor Martin Kuball, leading the project at Bristol, emphasized the critical importance of power devices in enhancing energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact. The REWIRE IKC will address key areas such as wind energy conversion, electric vehicles, smart grids, and semiconductor manufacturing efficiency, positioning the UK as a global leader in compound semiconductor research and development.

Supported by a consortium of industry giants including Ampaire, BMW, Bosch, and Siemens, among others, the project underscores a collective commitment towards sustainable innovation and technological advancement. Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy, Saqib Bhatti, hailed the investment as a significant milestone in advancing the UK's semiconductor industry, aligning with national strategies focused on net zero and AI.

Furthermore, the University of Bristol's expertise in semiconductors has received additional backing with a £5 million grant to develop next-generation Aluminium Gallium (AlGaN) Solid-State Circuit Breakers. These breakthroughs hold the potential to revolutionize energy efficiency, paving the way for substantial global energy savings.

As the world strives towards a greener, more sustainable future, initiatives like the REWIRE IKC underscore the power of collaboration and innovation in driving meaningful change. By harnessing the collective expertise of academia, industry, and government, the UK is poised to lead the charge towards a cleaner, more sustainable future for generations to come.