The Vertically Integrated Center for Transformative Energy Research (VICTER) was funded by an NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 award during 2010-2015.
The goal of VICTER (2010-2015) was to develop a strong team with research expertise to accelerate the adoption and insertion of power electronics into the electric grid in order to improve system stability, flexibility, and robustness.
This team then established an NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC), GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronics Systems (GRAPES), with 15 industrial partners including Southwest Power Pool, Eaton, Electric Power Research Institute, and Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. Together with the University of South Carolina and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, GRAPES is looking to engineer the power grid of the future.
The VICTER website is still available though content is no longer being updated: http://www.victercenter.com/