Several power architectures have been considered for Navy ships and significant effort has been focused on simulation of the various power system topologies. The University of Texas at Austin Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM) has taken a step forward by assembling a microgrid capable of operating at MW power levels to experimentally validate key elements of these system models. The present system is an MVDC architecture but can easily be reconfigured as an HFAC network. The paper, “Flexible test bed for MVDC and HFAC electric ship power system architectures for navy ships,” coauthored by John Herbst, Angelo Gattozzi, Hamid Ouroua, and Fabian Uriarte and presented at the 2011 IEEE Electric Ship Technologies Symposium (ESTS), April 10-13, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia, describes the UT-CEM microgrid and plans to demonstrate critical technical issues in naval power systems and enable model validation. The intent is for the microgrid to be a flexible test bed for investigation of naval power systems and to become a useful bridge from theoretical and computer studies to a realistic experimental platform.
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