Grainger CEME

Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics

Past Renewable Energy Projects

Renewable energy is most effective when fully integrated into the electricity grid. The control and operation implications of intermittent energy sources are not fully understood. CEME researchers are addressing these concerns primarily at the system level. Methods for greatly expanding the use of renewable energy in microgrids and full-scale utility grids are being developed. Differential power processing, an architectural approach to high-performance solar energy conversion, is being developed for commercial-scale and utility-scale photovoltaic systems. Distributed control architectures are being developed to make renewable resources “grid friendly,” providing extra services such as reactive power support for voltage regulation and dynamic power flow adjustment.