GRAPES: GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems

The center for GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems, established in 2009, researches new ways to integrate power electronics into the electric grid so as to support realization of a Smarter Grid. The Center is cooperative in several senses:
  • The research team includes faculty, staff, and students at both the University of South Carolina and at the University of Arkansas.
  • Research projects are supported by paid memberships of interested industrial organizations.
  • The industrial members of the center help us to identify the most challenging, timely, and crucial technical advances that are needed to move the industry forward.

Our research to solve those problems is conducted as a cooperative effort among the many involved organizations. The USC site of the Center is located in the Swearingen Engineering Building at 301 Main Street on the USC campus. The Center makes use of all of our laboratories, including Power Electronics, Power Routing, Power Sources, and Real-time Electro Mechanics. In addition, the resources of our partner – University of Arkansas – are also available, including a noteworthy 6 MVA testing facility at the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0934378.  Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF)

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