Universal Interoperability for Grid-Forming Inverters (UNIFI) Consortium
NCSU is a research partner in the Consortium
The UNIFI Consortium, co-led by the National Renewable Energy Lab, the University of Washington, and the Electric Power Research Institute, will address the fundamental challenges of seamlessly integrating grid-forming inverters into electric grids of any scale. This ecosystem, consisting of researchers, industry partners, utilities, and other stakeholders, will take a systems-oriented approach through research, development and demonstration, as well as workforce training courses. Through this, they will define vendor-agnostic functions to ensure interoperability while conforming to system rules. NC State is a research partner in the Consortium.
Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC/NREL
The grant—running from February 11, 2022 to December 31, 2026—is for a total of $750,000.
Srdjan Miodrag Lukic
David Lee Lubkeman
Co-led by NREL, University of Washington, and EPRI, the Universal Interoperability for grid-Forming Inverters (UNIFI) Consortium will address fundamental challenges & develop solutions to seamlessly integrate grid-forming (GFM) inverters into electric grids alongside machines and other inverter-based resources (IBRs) at any scale. UNIFI will engage researchers, industry partners, utilities, and other stakeholders to form an ecosystem that will adopt a systems-oriented approach to conduct research, development, & demonstration; define functions to prove vendor-agnostic interoperability while conforming to system rules; & develop workforce training courses for planning, designing, & operating grids with high level of GFM IBRs.