DOE Renews HNEI Contract for Converter-Dominated Power Systems Study hneieditor August 3, 2023

DOE Renews HNEI Contract for Converter-Dominated Power Systems Study

HNEI GridSTART researchers has successfully secured a two-year contract renewal from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This renewal will allow HNEI dedicated team, led by Dr. Sepasi, to continue their research on the development of models that explore the dynamic response of converter-dominated power systems (CDPS) within microgrids. The project, spanning two phases, has amassed significant funding, nearing a total of $500,000. This project, part of a larger initiative under the EPSCoR program funded by the DOE, represents a fruitful collaboration with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, alongside University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, South Dakota State University, and University of Maine.

The primary technical objective of this program centers around defining the type and degree of detail required in converter models to accurately depict dynamical phenomena across multiple time scales within power systems. This objective applies to CDPSs of all sizes, from remote and isolated microgrids to vast interconnected grids. In this phase, the HNEI team will continue to gather key field data, perform tests, and carry out comprehensive case studies at the research campus of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Authority (NELHA).

More information on this project can be found at

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