In order to commercialize a new capacitor technology that aims to make high- power inverters smaller, lighter and more tolerant to high temperatures, Delphi Technologies is set to invest in PolyCharge America, a startup and the producer of the new capacitor technology.
Sigma Technologies, the parent company of PolyCharge, and Delphi Technologies enjoy pre- existing long standing technology partnership. Delphi is investing a minority equity investment for an undisclosed sum also because of the long term partnership of the parent companies.
Inverters control the electric propulsion motor and therefore are a key system element in vehicle electrification. Facing challenges with space, weight and cost in tight engine compartments, package space is a premium in today’s vehicles and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the new technology is set to address these concerns.
According to Liam Butterworth, Delphi Technologies Chief Executive Officer:
“This investment demonstrates our commitment to electro-mobility and bringing new, highly innovative technologies to solve OEM customers’ biggest challenges. PolyCharge’s technology delivers on both of these objectives. Our strategy is to forge strategic collaborations and investments where they support our growth ambitions and help our global customers deliver more attractive cost-effective solutions for consumers.
PolyCharge’s solid-state NanoLam™ capacitor technology is a superior alternative to the currently used DC-link capacitor, which is based on wound polypropylene technology. NanoLam™ capacitor technology utilizes thin polymer dielectrics to produce self-healing high-voltage capacitors that are half the size and weight and has significant higher temperature resistance.
Dr. Angelo Yializis, Chief Executive Officer of PolyCharge said the following about the new investment:
“When it comes to the development of advanced propulsion technologies Delphi Technologies is a true leader. With this investment, and a strong partner in Delphi Technologies, PolyCharge is well-positioned to lead in the development of next-generation capacitor products for vehicle electrification and other applications where reductions in weight and volume, as well as performance in harsh operating environments, are required.”
About Delphi Technologies
Delphi Technologies is a $4.5 billion leader in vehicle propulsion and aftermarket solutions. Headquartered in London, U.K, Delphi Technologies is a technology company whose people focus on solving emissions and fuel economy challenges for the world’s leading automotive original equipment manufacturers and provides leading aftermarket service solutions. Delphi Technologies operates technical centers, manufacturing sites and customer support services in 24 countries and employs around 16000 employees.
Formed in September 2017 by Sigma Technologies, PolyCharge is the developer of NanoLam™ technology for electric drive vehicles, renewable energy inverters, medical, aerospace, and industrial mobility applications. PolyCharge is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona and also has representative offices in Taipei and China.