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Florida Technology Development Corporation

Develop to prototype a Distributed Resource Voltage Regulator (DRVR) for solar PV, which contains a proprietary systems control algorithm.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Industrial/Energy
  • Location Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Currency USD

Company Summary

This project proposes to prototype and commercialize a control technology based on insights into distribution grid electrical behavior and potential new control methods arising from current activities at FSU CAPS to understand and enable high penetration levels of solar PV. FDTC and its principals have the background and are uniquely situated to navigate the path to commercialization for university-derived technology in the energy space.


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    Paul Vergamini

    Paul Vergamini is a retired senior executive of a Fortune 500 Company. He has held positions of V.P Engineering, V.P. Marketing, and V.P. Corporate Planning. He holds Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration. His business career included formulating and executing strategic growth plans involving multi-million dollar acquisitions and major new product developments and commercialization.

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    Rick H Meeker, Jr.
    Managing Industry Partnerships

    Rick Meeker is responsible for industry partnerships and U.S. Dept. of Energy-funded electric power reliability projects at FSU’s Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), including leading the Sunshine State Solar Grid Initiative. He is also involved in the management and support of research and development, activities in control systems, electric power systems, and modeling and simulation for utility and industrial applications.

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    Omar Faruque, PhD
    Asst. Scholar Scientist

    Dr. Faruque is an Assistant Scholar Scientist at the Center for Advanced Power Systems CAPS. He has worked on modeling, simulation and experimental validation of power electronic systems and their controllers for real-time simulation using various real-time simulators such as RTDS. Dr. Faruque obtained his Ph.D from the University of Alberta, Canada in January 2008. Since May 2008, he has been working with CAPS as a Post Doctoral researcher.

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    Harsha Ravindra
    Graduate Student

    Mr. Ravindra is a graduate student at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Dept., currently pursuing his masters degree in electrical engineering with a focus on power systems. He has been working with CAPS on modeling and analysis of high-penetration solar PV deployment in electric utility circuits, as part of the Sunshine State Solar Grid Initiative (SUNGRIN) project funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.