M-WERC forms partnership with GRAPES consortium

In an effort to help M-WERC members maximize leverage of their research dollars, we have announced a series of strategic partnerships with globally recognized consortia that support pre-competitive research activities.

The new M-WERC strategic plan identified the tremendous value new partnership models with key consortia bring. We want to further increase our members’ research leverage through these partnerships as part of our research pipeline strategy.

“Partnering with other consortiums is another tool in the toolbox for M-WERC members to maximize our research efforts,” said Alan Perlstein M-WERC CEO and Executive Director. “M-WERC will take the lead in developing a multiyear technology pipeline focus area that aligns with key consortium partners and our M-WERC members. The alignment of market requirements from our members and research capabilities from key consortium will maximize the efficiency of competitive research through a collaborative working environment. M-WERC is excited to take advantage of these opportunities and leverage these efficiencies in research.”

This fall, M-WERC announced its first partnership, with Grid-Connected Advanced Power Electronics Systems (GRAPES), another consortium in the Power and Controls arena. GRAPES’ mission is to accelerate the adoption and insertion of power electronics into the electric grid in order to improve system stability, flexibility, robustness, and economy. GRAPES currently has 16 members representing utility companies, defense contractors, equipment manufacturers, and component suppliers. GRAPES features outstanding facilities to support the activities of the center and its researchers. Made up of academic expert from UW-Milwaukee, the University of Arkansas and the University of South Carolina the research teams employ specialized tools for ongoing research in modeling and physical power systems.

GRAPES’ Industrial Advisory board directs the research conducted by GRAPES. During the course of the year, members provide input through the strategic planning process. As a board member of GRAPES, M-WERC supported efforts to direct $260,000 in new research, including three research projects at UW-Milwaukee. Four of the projects that were identified by GRAPES compliment M-WERC’s extreme power conversion research pipeline. 

A partnership with a consortium like GRAPES helps M-WERC build upon its strength as an agent for collaborative research growth. 

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