Development of a novel thermal and electrical energy storage system

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, have vast potential to offer a cost-competitive energy supply and reduce dependence on fossil fuels and environmental issues. However, the intermittent and uncertain nature of wind and solar power systems has led to a mismatch between energy supply and demand. There has been an increased demand for the deployment of the energy storage system (ESS) as an essential component of future energy systems adopting large amounts of variable renewable sources. Unfortunately, the need for ESS often introduces economic, environmental and complexity concerns. Developing an ESS balancing cost, efficiency and environmental impact is the main goal of this proposal.

This project aims to develop a novel thermal or electrical energy storage system according to renewable energy sources and users’ demands. It includes thermal energy storage, compressed air energy storage and battery energy storage. The research focuses on the thermal aspects of these energy storage systems. The research objectives involve fundamental theoretical and experimental studies to provide engineers and researchers future direction of the application of such energy storage systems in renewable sectors.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Xiaolin Wang


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Must possess the knowledge in thermodynamics

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Renewable energy and thermodynamics

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof Xiaolin Wang, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including contact details of two referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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