President & Principal Engineer
Northern Plains Power Technologies
Dr. Michael Ropp is the President and Principal Engineer of Northern Plains Power Technologies (NPPT), a power systems engineering consulting and services company in Brookings, SD that Dr. Ropp founded in 2005 and that specializes in the analysis, design, control, protection, and diagnosis of low-inertia power systems; inverter-dominated power systems; and distributed power systems.
Dr. Ropp has twenty years of experience in power engineering, power electronics, and photovoltaics. His experience encompasses computer modeling of power systems; grid integration of distributed energy resources (DERs); design, modeling, fabrication and testing of power electronic converters (DC-DC and DC-AC); modeling, control, and monitoring of energy storage systems; and microgrid design, control, protection and seamless grid integration. He has experience in essentially every aspect of photovoltaic systems, including PV devices, energy storage, power electronics and their controls for both on- and off-grid systems, integration of PV into microgrids and other low-inertia power systems, and PV system modeling, design, specification, procurement, monitoring, and standards compliance. He has extensive experience with power system modeling, in particular with inverter-based plants and with low-inertia power systems (microgrids, island and remote communities, etc.), in MATLAB, PSCAD, EMTP-RV, and PSS/E.
Dr. Ropp received a Masters and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1996 and 1998, respectively, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. He has authored over seventy technical publications, including an IEEE Technical Prize Paper. He presently holds four patents. Dr. Ropp is active in the IEEE and the development of standards, including IEEE-1547, and is a registered Professional Engineer in South Dakota and Hawaii.