June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
Energy Conversion and Conservation
12.1276.1 - 12.1276.16
Ship-to-Shore Collaborations: Integrating Research of Shipboard Power Systems into Today’s Power Engineering Research Activities
Abstract: Electric power programs within Electrical and Computer Engineering departments at universities have traditionally relied on interactions with electric utilities and manufacturers as its customer base for both students and research activities. With deregulation and changes within the electric utility business, research funds and projects with these organizations has been limited.
In the last five to ten years, the Office of Naval Research has provided millions of research dollars to universities to study many power system, power electronic and high voltage engineering challenges related to shipboard power systems. This research supports the future all- electric ship program that provides a platform for increased control and utilization of electric power systems to improve ship features of reconfiguration and survivability.
While shipboard power systems and utility systems have different constraints, there are areas of overlap where research activities can benefit both platforms. This paper discusses the opportunities for combining shipboard power system and electric utility power system research activities for the benefit of both systems. It discusses the major differences and similarities in technical challenges and how collaborative research involving both types of systems is improving the state-of-the-art in electric power research. Several examples of cross-over research will be discussed.
Introduction The applications for power engineering are growing as technology advances. This impacts both curriculum and research activities at universities. While NSF and EPRI continue to fund some basic research related to power systems, other non-traditional groups are providing additional research opportunities to look at power engineering from a new angle or approach. The Department of Homeland Security has provided funds to look at the aging power infrastructure and evaluate vulnerability and security issues. The Department of Defense, particularly the Office of Naval Research is providing funds to many power engineering faculty to investigate future shipboard systems based on the concept of the all-electric ship. With the increase in available electric power on the ship because of possible electric drives, ship systems now have an opportunity to explore new ways to operate, maintain and protect the ship. The electrical engineering side of power engineering plays a key role.
This paper provides an overview of some of the research activities related to electric ship research that overlap with activities related to utility systems. The goal is to demonstrate the dual use or cross-over opportunities and see how cross fertilization between the research efforts might help both areas. A paper related to integrating shipboard power systems into the curriculum discusses more of the curricular issues . Additional results from this research are available from references [2-39].
Schulz, N., & Ginn, H., & Grzybowski, S., & Srivastava, A., & Bastos, J. (2007, June), Ship To Shore Collaborations: Integrating Research Of Shipboard Power Systems Into Today’s Power Engineering Research Activities Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2427
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