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The main objective of the ECSEL-JU project REACTION is the realization of the first worldwide 200mm Silicon Carbide (SiC) Pilot Line Facility for Power technology in Catania. This will enable the European industry to set the world reference of innovative and competitive solutions for critical societal challenges, like Energy saving and CO2 Reduction as well as Sustainable Environment through electric mobility and industrial power efficiency.

By establishing the first 200mm SiC Pilot Line in the world and developing the most innovative and cost competitive technology, this project will address mass-market applications like smart energy and smart mobility, and industrial. It will allow to meet the more and more increasing demand of requirements in terms of quality and cost constraint for next decade generation’s power electronics.

The Project strength is the complete Pilot Line value chain implementation, integrating and optimizing partnership in the fields of SiC equipment developers, SiC process technologists, Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs), and end users partners till the final applications context. This will allow to develop a full 8” SiC line ecosystem enhancing the competitiveness of EU- Industries down to the value chain in a market context where other countries today, such as the USA or Japan, are just starting to play on 6” SiC market.

Innovative SiC power device Performances improvements, together with cost and size reductions, are the most relevant challenges addressed in the project that are expected to lead to a new stronger European supply chain for very compact SiC converters, from 600V to 3.3kV. The project ambition is to play a primary role towards excellence in Europe by a first generations of 8” SiC profitable Smart Mobility and Smart Energy products and components, primary access to IPs for the relevant essential capabilities, competitiveness of manufacturing in Europe.


The Consortium is composed of 27 partners from 13 EU member states and associated countries:

  • STMicroelectronics
  • LPE
  • University of Palermo
  • HQ-Dielectrics GmbH
  • Mittuniversitetet
  • Elforest AB
  • EV Group E. Thallner GmbH
  • Universitatea Politehnica din Bucaresti
  • Nano Design SRO
  • Slovenska Technicka Univerzita V Bratislave
  • LAM Research SAS
  • Centrotherm International AG
  • Instytut Technologii Elektronowej
  • DISCO HI-TEC Europe GmbH
  • II-VI GmbH
  • For Optimal Renewable Energy Systems SL
  • Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Applied Materials Israel Ltd
  • Dacpol Spolka Z Graniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia
  • Ikerlan S Coop
  • Applied Materials Ireland Ltd
  • Applied Materials GmbH


Project Coordinator: Angelo Messina (STMicroelectronics)

Coordinator for CNR-IMM: Fabrizio Roccaforte

2018-11-01 to 2023-04-30