G-PST Core Team Partners Leading Universal Interoperability for Grid‐Forming Inverters Consortium
Two of the G-PST Consortium’s core team partners, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), are helping lead the Universal Interoperability for Grid‐Forming Inverters (UNIFI) Consortium. The UNIFI Consortium brings together leading researchers, industry stakeholders, utilities, and system operators to advance grid-forming inverter technologies and the integration of inverters into electric grids at any scale to enable high penetration of inverter-based resources (IBRs) like solar, wind, and battery storage. Co-led by NREL, EPRI, and the University of Washington, UNIFI also has three additional national laboratories, 11 universities, and 16 industry partners.
In August 2021, the United States Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office announced they will be providing $25 million over five years to the UNIFI Consortium organizations for grid-forming inverter research, demonstration, and outreach. The G-PST Consortium will be a key partner of this work, which will support delivery of part of the G-PST Consortium’s Research Agenda focused on inverter design. The G-PST Consortium will also act as a conduit for global dissemination of UNIFI’s research findings.
Learn more about the UNIFI Consortium on NREL Program News.
Listen to Ben Kroposki, UNIFI Organizational Director, discuss the need for grid-forming inverters in future power systems: The Need for Grid-Forming Inverters in the Future Power Systems.