CPES Renewable Energy and Nanogrids (REN)
The CPES mini-consortium program provides a unique forum for creating synergy among industries and defining new research directions to meet future industry needs. The formation of the mini-consortium allows CPES to pool resources and focus on developing pre-competitive technologies to address common challenges, and sharing the research results among mini-consortium members.
Current REN members (8):
ABB, Agilent Technologies, Boeing, China National Electric Apparatus Research Institute (CEI), Delta Electronics, GE Energy, Huawei Technologies, Siemens Corporate Research
View REN Prospectus (March 2013)
For REN members:
REN Report for 2011 (PDF, 13MB)
REN Report for 2012 (PDF, 18MB)
The main focus of the REN mini-consortium is development and demonstration of an advanced power electronics technology that enables major improvements in performance and system reliability/availability, while offering optimal utilization of renewable energy sources and energy storage systems when integrated into existing and future electric power systems - from sustainable buildings to the power system grid.
|Fig.1. REN system testbed architecture
The current research directions of the REN mini-consortium comprise three different topics listed below with corresponding sub-topics. Additionally, Fig.1 shows the REN system testbed structure planned to be designed and built in the near future for the experimental validation purposes.
- dc- and ac- Nanogrid Operation and Performance
- Modular Multi-level Converters for Nanogrids
- Power Electronics Applications for Enhanced T&D Grid Performance and Resource Integration