Advancing the Stability, Flexibility, Robustness, and Economy of the Power Grid

Welcome to GRAPES


The goal of the Research Center on GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES) is to accelerate the adoption and insertion of power electronics into the electric grid, in order to improve system stability, flexibility, controllability, robustness, and economy.

GRAPES is partially funded by the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center program of the National Science Foundation, while industry members fund the bulk of our research. Our work with industry focuses on improving power electronics technology and integrating it with the needs of industry and of the power grid as a whole.

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The stronger our network of allies, the more successfully we protect our energy delivery systems and infrastructure. Whether you are a student, industry leader, or concerned business owner, your support or involvement can help awareness and research to keep the power grid safe, stable, and economical.

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Latest News

GRAPES Spring IAB Meeting – May 21-22, 2024

GRAPES Spring IAB Meeting – May 21-22, 2024

We look forward to hosting the GRAPES Spring 2024 Semi-Annual Industrial Advisory Board Meetingin Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 21-22, 2024. Register! Agenda All GRAPES IAB members, faculty, and students are invited.Guests are invited to attend Tuesday's meeting.  Any...

GRAPES Fall IAB Meeting – November 6-8, 2024

GRAPES Fall IAB Meeting – November 6-8, 2024

We look forward to hosting the GRAPES Fall 2024 Semi-Annual Industrial Advisory Board Meetingin Fayetteville, Arkansas on November 6-8, 2024. Register! Agenda (coming soon) If you have questions, please contact Karin Alvarado, KarinA@uark.edu, 479-575-4958. Meeting...

Nasiri Elevated to IEEE Fellow

Nasiri Elevated to IEEE Fellow

Electrical Engineering Distinguished Professor Adel Nasiri will be elevated to IEEE Fellow on January 1, 2022, for his contributions to high-power converters for energy storage systems and microgrids. This honor, the highest level in IEEE, recognizes Nasiri's two...

GRAPES Researchers Receive $500,000 NSF Award for Phase III

GRAPES Researchers Receive $500,000 NSF Award for Phase III

University of Arkansas researchers have received a five-year, $500,000 award from the National Science Foundation to continue work at the Center for GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems, a multi-campus partnership between academic and industry partners....

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