CPES : Mini-Consortium Brochure
Virginia Tech. Center for Power Electronics Systems
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The CPES mini-consortium model provides a unique mechanism for all participants in power electronics – including industry competitors – to pool efforts to address their common challenges and develop pre-competitive Advances. Companies and organizations join CPES as a Principal Plus Member and choose the mini-consortium option. Annual membership fees are $50,000. Research results generated within a miniconsortium are shared among its members, and intellectual properties developed under the CPES industry consortium are shared among all Principal-level members as described on the next page. The research and IP benefits are only part of what makes the mini-consortium effective. The distinctive feature of the model is discussion among all participants, which then shapes and guides research toward overcoming the major barriers in the field. Competitive plans and technologies are protected, yet participants can discuss their mutual technical problems. Miniconsortium interactions take place in the quarterly review meetings.