The National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission (NCREPT) started its operation as a research center in 2005 and its 13.8 kV, 6 MVA test facility was opened on October 31, 2008. The test facility is suitable for testing distributed energy resources under IEEE 1547 and UL1741 standards.
- Energy Efficient. Test power is recirculated through the testing loop so the power drawn from the grid is limited to the system losses, enabling a cost-effective test facility.
- Highly Reconfigurable. NCREPT has two test loops, one at 480 V and one at either 4.16 kV or 13.8 kV. This allows for a wide range of power levels for testing.
- Variable Voltage. The test voltage can be varied from 0 to 528 V in the first test loop and from 0 to 15.18 kV in the second test loop due to the variable voltage capability imparted by NCREPT’s VVVF Drive.
- Variable Frequency. The VVVF Drive also enables varying the fundamental frequency of the tests. Typically these are varied between 40 Hz and 70 Hz, but values outside that range are possible, though they require derating.
- Dynamometer: 100 hp, 4,000 rpm dynamometer test stand allows testing and evaluation of motors and drives.
Established in 1991, the High Density Electronics Center (HiDEC) is a research center with a world-wide reputation for expertise and excellence in the field of electronic integration. Both academic researchers and industrial clients benefit from:
- Dedicated Staff: Professional and dedicated staff (many with 20+ years of experience) provide safety and usage training on all equipment and processes
- 24/7 Access: Certified HiDEC users have access to all facilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Expertise:Users can solve problems and develop new ideas by leveraging the expertise accumulated by Center staff and Center-affiliated faculty
- Unique Capabilities: Our low temperature co-fired ceramics laboratory is one of only a handful worldwide on a university campus
The Virtual Test Bed (VTB) comprises a suite of software for rapid virtual prototyping of large-scale, multi-disciplined dynamic systems. The VTB software suite includes the following:
- Schematic Designer is the central user tool for composition and visual presentation of system models, allowing assembly of component models into system models.
- Entity Designer aids developers in the creation of new simulation entities (such as new component models). A user interface allows the model developer to specify and characterize their new simulation entity.
- Module Designer allows users to define and package new reusable models that are based on subsystems created with Schematic Designer.
The VTB simulation framework includes several solvers that use distinct algorithms to implement and execute the system model. It also includes an extensive library of simulation models, belonging to one of two categories: Entities are elementary devices whose behaviors are defined programmatically via a compiled engine or mathematically via an interpreted engine. Modules are subsystems made up of other components and a number of exposed parameters. These modules are treated as individual components in Schematic Designer. VTB provides means for integrating models that were previously built in other simulation environments into a unified system model. Finally, VTB provides methods to exploit the COM interface provided by some tools, such as Matlab, to integrate models into VTB via co-simulation.
At the University of South Carolina, the research program and facilities emphasize power electronics, electronic control and routing of power, and simulation environments that support analysis and design of advanced power electronic systems. Our facilities support projects up to roughly the 100 kW level. A cornerstone of our facilities is the Power Routing Lab, which contains an array of 100kW software-configurable power converters. Descriptions of our laboratories can be found here: