DC-AMPS Program, Phase 2

DC-AMPS Program, Phase 2
The Henry L. Hillman Foundation provided support in 2014 via an Opportunity Grant to establish the DC-AMPS (Direct Current Architecture for Modern Power Systems) Program. Based on the results of Phase 1Opportunity Grant, the Foundation provided a significant extension in the form of a Phase 2 effortbeginning in 2015. The work will continue towards the development and demonstration of advanced DCtechnologies, systems, and infrastructure to lead the electric power industry evolution from AC to DCpower, while positioning the Pittsburgh region to become a global leader in DC power and microgridapplications.The work will also accelerate the emergence of hybrid AC/DC networks, operations, and microgrids –leading to complete DC infrastructure – to enhance modern power system efficiency; improve powerquality, reliability, security and resiliency; and align technology integration with renewable and cleanenergy developments.  A key component to Phase 2 is the establishment of the high voltage AC/DCpower lab at the EIC in an effort to increase industry and community partnerships in the development,demonstration, and wide-scale deployment in this rapidly-evolving area.