The Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems (CREPS) was established in February 2007 to advance research in the area of renewable energy and electrical power. The Centre has the following aims:
- to maintain an outstanding level of research on renewable energy and power systems in Australia;
- to promote strategic cooperation between the University of Tasmania and Tasmanian power industries in the area of renewable energy and power engineering research; and
- to establish the University of Tasmania as a world class research institution in the area of renewable energy and power engineering.
Renewable energy and power systems can be described as the field of engineering and scientific endeavour that covers techniques and methodologies for the analysis, measurement and optimisation of all components in the generation and delivery of power. In the broadest context, advanced renewable energy and power engineering encompass areas of engineering and science as diverse as wind pattern prediction, biological agents that detract from optimum water delivery to turbines, integration of wind, hydro, hydrogen and thermal power, remote area networks, process analysis and mobile applications such as hybrid powered land, sea and air vehicles and aeronautical and marine propulsion.
CREPS aims to enhance both fundamental (discovery-based) and applied (linkage-based) research in power and energy systems in Australia by creation of an organised, coordinated structure in which research is focused into defined programs through proven research teams. CREPS is in a unique and powerful position as a fully integrated centre able to bring all engineering disciplines together under the one umbrella.
The ultimate objective of the Centre is to become an internationally recognised site for research and education on renewable energy and power systems by providing a sound platform on which to base applications for future major funding through competitive grant schemes, industrial funding programs, and partnerships with other research centres and institutions, both national and international.
At present, CREPS has the following research programs:
Program 1: Electrical Power (Program Leader - Professor Michael Negnevitsky)
Program 2: Energy Systems (Program Leader - Dr Alan Henderson)
Program 3: Sustainable and Emerging Technologies (Program Leader: Associate Professor Xiaolin Wang)