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Center for Grid-Connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems

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Collaborative Research: I/UCRC on Grid-Connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES)  (University of Arkansas)

Collaborative Research: I/UCRC on Grid-Connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES)  (University South Carolina Research Foundation)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for Grid-Connected Advanced Power Electronics Systems, an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), conducts research on grid-embedded power electronic systems that will be critical to controlling the power flow in a "smart grid." These power technologies will increase the flexibility of electric power grids to accept renewable energy and advanced generation as well as load-side protection and controls, while improving stability and reliability. At the center, faculty and graduate and undergraduate students from two universities work in partnership with more than a dozen companies and national laboratories.

 The nation's transmission grid is fragmented among more than 3,100 entities and is in need of modernization as the U.S. economy becomes more dependent on uninterrupted, high-quality electric power supplies. The center's research will help enable a "smart grid" that can carry electricity in a cheaper, more reliable and efficient manner.


Education & Outreach

An I/UCRC not only contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base; it also enhances the intellectual capacity of the science and engineering workforce through the integration of research and education. The program leverages NSF funding with industry resources to support graduate students performing industrially relevant and interdisciplinary research.  The Center for Grid-Connected Advanced Power Electronics Systems aims to educate engineers who understand the power electronic technologies important to its member companies.

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