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FREEDM Systems Center

Missouri S&T expertise leads to advanced developments for consortium

MST_LR.pngMissouri University of Science and Technology plays a key role in the Center with their development of the large-scale system simulation testbed, which integrates a variety of simulation models that include wind turbines, photovoltaic systems, residential loads and numerous power distribution system components, including new “smart” solid-state-transformers, “smart” fault-interruption devices, and advanced energy management controls. The large scale system simulation is one of three showcase testbeds developed by the Center, and S&T faculty is taking the lead on this aspect.  This testbed, led by Dr. Mariesa Crow, the Fred W. Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at S&T, will provide the primary proof of concept of the envisioned smart grid operation scaled to realistic levels.   Drs. Jonathan Kimball and Mehdi Ferdowsi are also part of the testbed team. 

The Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Center involves seven U.S. and European universities, headed by North Carolina State University, working together to transform the nation’s power grid into a distributed system - an Internet for energy - that will speed renewable electric-energy technologies into homes and businesses across the US.  Formed in 2008 by a National Science Foundation grant, the goal of the FREEDM Systems Center is to revolutionize the nation’s power grid and speed renewable energy technologies into every home and business. The Center is also supported by a consortium of more than 45 industrial partners.  The backbone of the Center’s work is developing technology that actively controls, distributes and stores electric power. 

The solid-state transformer acts as an intelligent router that provides energy and power exchange via a distributed grid intelligence system (DGI). The DGI effort, essentially the ‘brains’ of the operation—the command and control center, is led by S&T computer science professor Dr. Bruce McMillin. The role of S&T is crucial to ensure that the future power grid is not only smart, but safe and secure. Working with McMillin are faculty and graduate students from Florida State University and University of Auckland, New Zealand. 

“The Energy Internet is closer to reality because of the progress we’ve made. Our research, industry partnerships and education programs are getting attention from all over the world, and this is just the beginning. There’s much more to come.”

—Dr. Alex Huant, Director, FREEDM Center and Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Carolina State University

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Research Parks & Incubators

The University of Missouri System’s statewide network of research parks provides a thriving environment for discoveries to move from the laboratory to the marketplace. The atmosphere of innovation and collaboration attracts national and international tenants who create quality employment opportunities for Missouri citizens and millions of dollars of capital investment across the state.

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Office of Intellectual Property Administration

The Office of Intellectual Property Administration (OIPA) supports the economic development mission by encouraging broad practical application of university research for the public benefit; assisting those associated with the technology transfer program with evaluating, protecting, licensing and commercializing university discoveries; and carrying out new economic development initiatives designed to create jobs in Missouri.

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Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Economic Development is dedicated to commercializing university technologies - one of the biggest challenges to that mission is funding. To proactively combat the constant obstacle, the office has formulated different funding programs for faculty, students and innovations in all stages of the discovery process.

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Office of Research & Economic Development

The Office of Research and Economic Development was established in 2005 to link research and commercialization from the four University of Missouri System campuses with emerging and existing firms across the state and around the world. Working closely with the chief research officers, chancellors and technology transfer offices from each campus, the office also serves as a conduit to local, state and federal agencies to ensure research results aid the growth of Missouri’s economy.

The Office is dedicated to advancing Missouri through innovation, investment and infrastructure.

Our enthusiasm for these three categories revolves around the development of intellectual property, funding programs and research parks and incubators. Providing support during critical stages in university inventions’ path to the marketplace stimulates Missouri’s economy, jobs and entrepreneurship.

Our vision is to enable and lead Missouri’s transformation toward a knowledge-based economy dependent upon innovation and entrepreneurship.

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