Energy systems research will have a profound impact on the evolution of our existing energy delivery systems. A prime example is the significant change occurring in the generation and supply of electrical energy. We are moving away from a centralised model of generation to one where generation is becoming dispersed and distributed around the electrical network. Network operators now have generation sources on their networks that are non-dispatchable and uncontrolled. This makes network planning, operation, control and protection much more of a challenge. On the flip-side, distributed generation can also provide users with a lower-carbon source of energy which is more efficient and potentially more flexible. Clearly there is a need to investigate the technologies and techniques required to harness these advantages whilst minimizing the impact on the network operators.
The Energy Systems research group is one of Australia’s leading research teams investigating these areas. Our staff are experts in a number of key areas including:
- Renewable generation and integration
- Power system operations
- Protection systems
- Energy storage systems
- Power electronics
- High-voltage systems
- Electric drive systems
- Power economics
- Market operation and restructuring
- Condition monitoring, diagnostics and prognostics
- Energy economics
Much of our research focuses on power systems applications which includes the electricity grid, automotive and aerospace applications, and marine systems. Our research is performed in collaboration with industry in Australia and beyond, and our innovations have been commercialised by industry. Examples of current research interests is available here.
Staff in the energy research team also contribute to the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM).