University and Industry Seek to Develop ‘Smart Grid’

The cost of electrical energy is a concern for the people who use it and the people who produce it. Researchers are exploring new sources of clean, renewable energy; electrical companies are searching for ways to make their grids safer and smarter; and large corporations are trying to keep costs down while meeting their growing energy needs. At the University of Arkansas, an engineering center of excellence called the Grid-Connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems, or GRAPES, is bringing together members of each of these groups so that they can share ideas, information and resources to improve the way we generate and use energy.

Senior Journalism Campaigns Class Creates Promotional Materials for NSF GRAPES Center

Building collaborative partnerships within the university, the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission employed the marketing services of 15 University of Arkansas seniors through their Journalism Campaigns course.

The smart grid “Grand Challenge”

Interview with Dr. Alan Mantooth, IEEE Fellow, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas (UA), and Executive Director of three UA research centers, by Barbara Vergetis Lundin of SmartGridNews.com. Dr. Mantooth defines “what is a ‘smart grid'”: “Smart grid consists of a utility grid’s communications layer, controls, and the hardware that can be controlled to maintain and improve grid reliability.”

Koontz Electric Company Joins GRAPES Center

The GRid-Connected Advanced Power Electronics Systems, or GRAPES as it is called, has announced that a new industry partner has joined the center, Koontz Electric Company Inc.

APEI Team Wins 2012 Arkansas Small Business Award

The four-member management team of Arkansas Power Electronics International has been named the 2012 Arkansas Small Business Person of the Year, in the team category, by the Small Business Administration.

Academia and Industry Collaborate at the GRAPES Semi-Annual Meeting

In November 2011, the Grid-connected Advanced Power Electronics Systems Center celebrated its two-year anniversary and held a semi-annual meeting on the University of Arkansas campus.

Oak Ridge National Lab and Industrial Technology Research Institute Join GRAPES Center

As 2011 closes, GRAPES is proud to announce that two new industry partners have joined the center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Industrial Technology Research Institute. Oak Ridge and the Industrial Technology Research Institute join 18 other industrial partners and one government partner in supporting the research of nine faculty members at the University of Arkansas and the University of South Carolina in the area of grid-connected power electronics.

GRAPES Executive Director Discusses the Role of NCREPT in UA Research at SEC Symposium in February

Dr. Alan Mantooth, Distinguished Professor of electrical engineering, talks about the University’s National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission.

Researchers Develop Device to Mitigate Blackouts, Prevent Equipment Damage

A local power failure in Ohio ten years ago caused a series of cascading power failures that resulted in a massive blackout that affected 50 million people and caused billions of dollars in damage and lost revenue.

How to Save the Electrical Grid

Extreme storms such as Hurricane Sandy have pushed the U.S. electrical grid to its breaking point. The technology exists to keep the lights on—we just need to implement it.

Undergraduate Summer Research Highlighted at Poster Session

On July 28, students in electrical engineering and computer science and computer engineering presented posters to faculty, staff and students. The presenters consisted of 11 electrical engineering students and two computer science and computer engineering students....

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National Center Expanding Due to Success of Centers

As a result of the continued success of the Center for GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES) along with the newly formed Cybersecurity Center for Secure Evolvable Energy Delivery Systems (SEEDS) and the Center for Power Optimization of...

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Electric Power Research Institute Funds GRAPES Project

The National Science Foundation's Center for GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES) in the College of Engineering's Department of Electrical Engineering will work on a tailored collaboration project funded by the Electric Power Research Institute,...

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U of A Receives $3.2 Million from the Department of Energy

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has awarded Distinguished Professor Alan Mantooth a total of $3.2 million for two projects that will accelerate the development and deployment of a new class of efficient,...

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GRAPES’ Spring 2017 Industrial Advisory Board

The NSF Center for GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES) in the Department of Electrical Engineering hosted its Spring 2017 Industrial Advisory Board Meeting May 23-24 in Milwaukee.  Read more...

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GRAPES’ Fall 2016 Industrial Advisory Board

The NSF Center for GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES) in the Department of Electrical Engineering hosted its Fall 2016 Industrial Advisory Board Meeting on Nov. 10-11 in Fayetteville.  Read more...

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