FREEDM Welcomes New Member Danfoss

Danfoss is a global leader in engineering advanced technologies, like AC drives, that work to build a better, smarter, more efficient world.  Founded in 1933 in Denmark to manufacture the first thermostatic expansion valves for refrigeration systems and then radiator thermostats to regulate heating, the company now employs 28,000 globally and its solutions are used in a wide variety of industries, from refrigeration and air conditioning to automotive, marine, water and wastewater, oil and gas, and food and beverage.

“Danfoss has enjoyed positive, highly collaborative contacts with FREEDM students and faculty,” says Dan Isaksson, Head of Medium Voltage Drives for Danfoss. “We are excited to expand our collaboration with FREEDM and look forward to helping drive the innovative research needed to power the future of energy and advanced power electronics.”

Isaksson leads the Danfoss facility in Research Triangle Park, NC where the company has been developing high power, medium voltage variable frequency drives used to control the rotational speed of electric motors since 2012. “There is a tremendous amount of engineering talent in the RTP area, making this an ideal location for Danfoss’ R&D activities for our medium-voltage drives, which are specifically designed to meet the unique performance requirements of the heavy industrial sectors,” Isaksson says. The Raleigh facility is one of Danfoss’ 20 sales, manufacturing, and R&D centers throughout the United States and Canada.

“Danfoss is a great partner and we’re excited to work with them in Center activities,” says Iqbal Husain, ABB Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of FREEDM. “Their technical support in testing and development for components of FREEDM’s Solid State Transformer has been very valuable, and several of our recent students have enjoyed internships with Danfoss. We look forward to further collaboration.”