Techno-economic Energy System Modelling

Techno-economic Energy System and Emissions Modelling for Tasmania and Australian Energy Systems

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

This PhD project will develop appropriate techno-economic models for the Tasmanian energy system, including its interaction with the NEM, in order to analyse a wide range of likely future scenarios and their implications. Other prominent research groups around Australia and internationally have, in recent years, developed models designed for projecting outcomes under different policy or pricing scenarios or for demonstrating technology mix required to achieve different levels, generally up to 100%, of renewable energy generation in the system. Most or all of these are based on energy-balance modelling on hourly time-intervals with demand projections based on current trajectories. The proposed project introduces several areas of novelty and originality, including the consideration of generation and storage technology characteristics and their role in meeting short-term power system requirements as constraints in addition to their role in balancing energy supply /  demand, and inclusion of key aspects of energy market modelling, and will consider future scenarios which make provision for a significant transition to or increase in flexible loads such as electrified transport, hydrogen synthesis for large-scale domestic or export markets, and for direct export of energy via intra-regional transmission interconnects.

This project will be based in the School of Engineering, with co-supervision in the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics.

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 engineering, economics, or computer science discipline backgrounds

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:

  • Energy systems engineering and/or energy economics

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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