The Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems currently has three main research programs, and numerous research projects under each program.
Program 1: Electrical Power
This program focuses on diverse and challenging problems facing the electric power industry in the 21st century. The Centre is especially interested in technical problems associated with integration of distributed and renewable generation into existing power networks, hybrid remote area power supply systems, network operation and security control, load modelling, smart grids, and intelligent systems applications to power systems.
Program 2: Energy Systems
This program focuses on optimising the efficiency and overcoming challenges relating to energy transfer and conversion. Research areas include turbines and turbomachinery, energy storage and energy transport in mechanical forms, such as water, heat and compressed air. The Centre is interested in efficient use of energy in cogeneration or combined heat and power systems. Energy storage techniques are investigated to provide stability and ability to deliver base load generation to renewable generation systems.
Program 3: Sustainable and Emerging Technologies
This program aims at addressing the technical challenge in the application of low grade energy resources including geothermal energy, solar thermal, waste energy and coal-seam gas through a new multidisciplinary fundamental science based approach. The centre is interested in technical problems related to heat pump technology, desalination, low grade energy power generation, energy conversion among three forms: thermal, cooling and electricity, energy storage in gas, thermal and electric forms, and energy efficiency in building, cooling, power systems and cold-chain technology.