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Plugging in to CURENT

Small CCURENT is a collaboration.
CURENT (The Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks) is a collaboration between academia, industry, and national laboratories.


Small UCURENT offers unique opportunities for university students.

“Students  [participate]  in domestic and international exchanges with partner universities and industry partners.” – Dr. Leon Tolbert, in How2Power Today.
“[in our international program,] we are all specialized in completely different areas of electrical and computer engineering.” – UT student Micah Till, in CURENT Spotlights


small RCURENT engages in broad research.

CURENT’s research on the power grid puts UT faculty and students, along with their academic and industrial partners, at the forefront of this national issue.
›› Coming October 6-8, 2015: CURENT’s Industry Conference and NSF/DOE Site Visit
›› Watch the nationally-televised video:
Big Orange. Big Ideas: Tennessee’s Energy


Small ECURENT partners to educate.

CURENT’s education programs includes over 100 students at four partnering universities who are presently enrolled in CURENT program courses and research initiatives. At UT, CURENT involves more than 70 graduate students, including 24 doctoral students in power electronics research alone.


Small NCURENT is a network.

CURENT”s local, national, and international summer outreach programs in 2015 will include teachers from ten local schools: six middle schools and four high schools. CURENT will also host eight university students from seven different universities along with 7 UT undergraduates doing summer research.


Small TCURENT promotes a nation-wide or continent-wide transmission grid,

one that is fully monitored and dynamically controlled in real-time for high efficiency, high reliability, low cost, better accommodation of renewable energy sources, full utilization of energy storage, and accommodation of responsive load.

CURENT was nominated as a Partnership that Makes a Difference. Click here to read more.