Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems

About The Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems

The vision of The Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems is "to be a world class research and teaching institution and a leader in the area of renewable energy and power systems".

The Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems, was established in February 2007 to advance research in the area of renewable energy and electrical power, and is based within the School of Engineering at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia. The key business drivers for the centre are a global lack of power engineers, the need for renewable energy in the current global climate, and the need for renewable energy integration into existing power grids.

We aim to enhance both fundamental and applied research in power and energy systems in Australia by the creation of an organised, coordinated structure in which research is focused into defined programs through proven research teams. The Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems is a fully integrated centre combining electrical power, civil and mechanical engineering and is ideally placed in an environment where the dominant energy sources are renewable. We have access to the renewable energy infrastructure of Tasmanian power utilities.

The Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Build sustainable links to the global power and energy systems research community;
  • Expand research activity nationally and internationally;
  • Increase the number of research fellows and higher degree research students;
  • Attract externally funded grants and facilitate contract research;
  • Develop our teaching programs in renewable energy and power systems; and
  • Help the power industry meet the challenges of the 21st century.

At present we have the following research programs:

Program 1: Electrical Power (Program Leader - Professor Michael Negnevitsky)

Program 2: Energy Systems (Program Leader - Dr Alan Henderson)

Staff and Students at the Centre

About Renewable Energy & Power Systems

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.