30 Jul '14, 6pm

Winning Google's Little Box Challenge Will Take a 'Holistic Approach'

Winning Google's Little Box Challenge Will Take a 'Holistic Approach'

Google and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) are offering a US $1 million prize to anyone who can design a power inverter that is about 10 times smaller than what is available today. The Little Box Challenge calls upon those with “a healthy disregard for the perceived limits of engineering” to design a kilowatt-scale inverter with the highest power density possible (at least 50 watts per cubic inch, or about 3 watts per cubic centimeter). Google will pony up the cash while IEEE (which publishes IEEE Spectrum ) has generated the specifications for the competition and will participate in judging, says Don Tan, president of IEEE’s Power Electronics Society (PELS). He adds that shrinking and improving the power electronics in today's inverters could have tremendous benefits for society. The problem with conventional inverters, which convert direct cur...

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