Modelling Pumped Hydro Storage Dynamics

Dynamic modelling of pumped hydro storage systems in renewable energy based power systems

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Power systems are transitioning rapidly to being based on renewable energy sources, with decreasing generation being sources from conventional generators. This will introduce challenges in terms of power system security and stability, and will require large amounts of new, dispatchable and flexible sources of generation and energy storage. Pumped hydro storage technology, currently the largest energy storage technology in power systems globally, will play a significant role in providing this system stability but will need to evolve and adapt in order to do so.

This project will develop dynamic models of hydraulics, waterway, turbine, machine and converter for a wide range of fixed and variable speed pumped hydro systems designs, operating in both turbining and pumping modes and in transition between modes. Models will be used to subsequently assess the dynamic performance capabilities of PHS systems in providing power systems ancillary services, and will develop novel control approaches for integration of PHS into 100% renewables based systems. The project will feature case-studies of the Tasmanian power system, incorporating future scenarios identified by Tasmanian industry, the Australian Energy Market Operator and in state government strategy and policy.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Evan Franklin


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 and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project:

  • Applications are open to applicants from electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or physics discipline backgrounds only

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 desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Power systems engineering and/or power electronics converters and/or hydropower systems

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, A/Prof Evan Franklin, 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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