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New lab advances study of electric power grid technology

Parimal Saraf (left) is one of the graduate students conducting research in Clemson's  Real-Time Power and Intelligent Systems (RTPIS) Laboratory. The new lab is part of the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science. Clemson, SC – With the opening of the Real-Time Power and Intelligent Systems (RTPIS) Laboratory, Clemson University will be in a position to better prepare the electrical power industry workforce of the future. The new lab is part of the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science.

Under the direction of G. Kumar Venayagamoorthy, Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the RTPIS is a world-class research, education, and innovation-ecosystem laboratory for smart grid technologies. Electrical and computer engineering scholars and researchers can now conduct realistic, real-time investigations of the effects of integrating new kinds of generation such as wind and solar power, distributed generation, plug-in electric vehicles and energy storage, and disturbances on power systems.

Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, along with industry partners like Duke Energy, NEC Labs America, and several others, the RTPIS Lab creates an opportunity for academic institutions to collaborate with other stakeholders to expand their graduate and undergraduate engineering curricula in electric grid dynamics and operations, system of systems, modeling and simulation, control, and smart grid data analytics and visualizations. Smart grid research being conducted in the RTPIS Lab includes, but is not limited to: adaptive devices and intelligent circuits and systems, big data analytics and visualization, computational methods and high performance computing platforms, cyber-physical systems and cyber-security, distributed generation and renewable energy, hardware/software-in-the-loop simulation, micro-grids and nano-grids, plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles, power electronics, and power system computations.

“We are fortunate indeed to have Dr. Venayagamoorthy leading this effort here at Clemson,” says College of Engineering and Science Dean, Anand Gramopadhye. “With his expertise and this advanced lab, our students will have the opportunity to make real contributions to smart grid technologies.”