Power and Energy Systems

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May 2010

USC hosts the 1st Semi-Annual Meeting of the GRAPES Research Center

The University of South Carolina hosted the 1st regular semi-annual meeting of the GRAPES research center on May 18-19.  The meeting was attended by representatives of the GRAPES industry members as well as the University of Arkansas and University of South Carolina GRAPES members.  Project researchers presented status reports and received feedback for their on-going projects.  Additionally, three new projects were approved by the board

  1. Assessment of Rapid Voltage Collapse Induced by Power Electronics,  USC PIs: Dr. Brice & Dr. Shin
  2. Flexible Research Control Platform for Grid-connected Converters, USC PI Dr. Ginn
  3. Power Module Layout Synthesis Tool, UA PIs Dr. Mantooth

Work will begin on these projects in July.  The evening reception and poster session provided the students working on the various projects to explain their work to and to get ideas from the industry members.

 

The GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems center (GRAPES) is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, established in 2009.  The mission of this center is to accelerate the adoption and insertion of power electronics into the electric grid in order to improve system stability, flexibility, robustness, and economy.  For more information on GRAPES visit either http://www.grapes.uark.edu/ or http://vtb.engr.sc.edu/GRAPES/index.shtml.

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