E.ON ERC adds a new partner to the IECP Program, GRAPES from Arkansas, USA

  Roger Dougal; Peter Luerkens; Alan Mantooth; Jim Rankin signing the new collaboration Laura Fickett From left Roger Dougal, GRAPES co-director, University of South Carolina; Peter Luerkens, chief scientific officer FEN-MV, RWTH University; Alan Mantooth, GRAPES executive director, University of Arkansas; Jim Rankin, vice provost, University of Arkansas

The E.ON ERC has added another international partner to the IECP program. The NSF Center for GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES) in the Department of Electrical Engineering.

GRAPES works with government, industry and academia to accelerate the adoption and insertion of power electronics into the electric grid in order to improve system stability, flexibility, robustness, and economy. It was founded in 2009 under the National Science Foundation's Industry/University Cooperative Research Center program.

GRAPES currently consists of 16 member organizations which come from commercial and government sectors of the economy. Within this center, engineering faculty from the University of Arkansas, the University of South Carolina, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and now RWTH Aachen University collaborate with members of industry to develop new technologies for advanced power electronic systems, develop new software and tools for controlling embedded- and grid-connected power electronics, and to educate engineers who understand the power electronic technologies that are important to our members.