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Research Programs

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 generation, renewable generation and storage 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.

Contact: Michael.Negnevitsky@utas.edu.au

Current Research Initiatives

  • ARC funded Synthetic Storage for Improving Flexibility and Security of Micro-Grids, LP170100879 (2018 - 2021), $380,000

Program 2: Renewable Energy, Enabling and Storage Technologies

This program focuses on optimising the efficiency and overcoming challenges relating to energy generation, storage, transfer and conversion. Research areas include solar photovoltaic systems, wind systems, hydro-electric turbines and turbomachinery, diesel based enablers, energy storage and electric transportation. The Centre is interested in efficient use of energy across the utility, commercial and residential landscape. Energy storage systems, primarily batteries, are investigated to provide improved access and utilisation of renewable energy technologies.

Contact: Evan.Franklin@utas.edu.au

Current Research Initiatives

  • The ARENA funded CONSORT: Consumer Energy Systems Providing Cost-Effective Grid Support (2016 - 2019), $3,965,701

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.

Contact: Xiaolin.Wang@utas.edu.au

Current Research Initiatives

  • ONR funded Low Load Diesel Technology Demonstration (2015 - 2017), $749,146
  • Variable Speed Diesel Application for Improved Energy Resilience and Power Security (2018 - 2019), $570,242