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Evan Franklin

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Evan Franklin

Associate Professor in Energy and Power Systems

Room 215, Engineering, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 412 106185 (phone)

evan.franklin@utas.edu.au

Associate Professor Evan Franklin joined the Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems in 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering. Evan joins the University of Tasmania after spending the last  15 years in the Research School of Engineering at The Australian National University, Canberra, where he retains an appointment as an honorary fellow. Evan has authored over 85 journal papers, conference papers and patents on silicon solar cells and on solar photovoltaic systems and their integration into the electric power system, and brings unique insights from his experiences working in industry and from his many current and past industrially sponsored research projects. His research interests include the development of processes suitable for industrial photovoltaic manufacturing of high efficiency solar cells, the integration of renewable energy generation into the power system and the role of energy storage in future energy systems. Evan has a PhD (2006) from The Australian National University and a BE (1996) from the University of Tasmania. Evan is a strong advocate for renewable energy and related technologies, engaging with community, industry and government to promote the crucial role they must play in supporting the transition to a clean energy system.

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Fields of Research

  • Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells) (090608)
  • Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Renewable Power) (090607)
  • Environmental Engineering Design (090701)
  • Engineering (099999)
  • Environment and Resource Economics (140205)
  • Transport Planning (120506)
  • Social Change (160805)
  • Optimisation (010303)
  • Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808)
  • Urban Policy (160514)
  • Transport Engineering (090507)

Research Objectives

  • Energy Transmission and Distribution (excl. Hydrogen) (850604)
  • Energy Systems Analysis (850603)
  • Teaching and Instruction (930299)
  • Renewable Energy (850599)
  • Road Public Transport (880108)
  • Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection (960601)
  • Energy Services and Utilities (850601)
  • Energy Storage (excl. Hydrogen) (850602)
  • Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards (960799)

Publications

Total publications

2

Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Jaikaran-Doe S, Leon de la Barra B, Lyden S, Wang I, Fan F, et al., 'Strategies for promoting cultural diversity within student laboratory groups in an engineering degree course at an Australian university', Proceedings of the 29th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Annual Conference (AAEE 2018), 09-12 December 2018, Hamilton, New Zealand (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Jaikaran-Doe S; Leon de la Barra B; Lyden S; Wang I; Fan F; Henderson A; Doe P

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2018Jurasovic M, Franklin E, Negnevitsky M, Scott P, 'Day ahead load forecasting for the modern distribution network - a Tasmanian case study', Proceedings of The Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC 2018), 27-30 November 2018, Auckland, New Zeeland, pp. 1-6. (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Jurasovic M; Negnevitsky M

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

$5,025,658

Projects

Future Energy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2019 - 2020)$201,000
Description
Appointment of a 2-year full-time Future Energy Postdoctoral Research to establish dedicated capacity to activate a new collaborative research agenda with Tasmanian energy stakeholders and build collective track record to carry forward into an external funding bid. Key areas for the collaboration will be: i) energy policy; ii) integration; and iii) customer empowerment.
Funding
Aurora Energy Pty Ltd ($67,000); Hydro Tasmania ($67,000); Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd ($67,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lovell HC; Franklin ET; Levitt CJ
Period
2019 - 2020
Scheduling of DER for power system frequency stability provision (2019 - 2021)$821,582
Description
The proposed project will develop technology for optimal scheduling and dispatch of distributed energy resources (DER) to facilitate provision of power system frequency stability services at least cost, within the constraints of distribution networks and while simultaneously respecting the motivations and primary functionality desired by DER owners. The outcomes of the project will be the demonstration of software for optimally coordinating a fleet of DER to provide a desired level of automatic frequency response capacity while remaining within network capabilities for all feasible frequency response scenarios. This capability will become critical for successful integration of high penetration of DER in networks, even more so in power systems with increasing renewable generation. The project will run over 2 years, and will be led by the University of Tasmanias (UTAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems (CIs Franklin & Negnevitsky), in partnership with researchers from The Australian National Universitys (ANU) Research School of Computer Science (CIs Thiebaux & Scott), and with support from Tasmanias distribution network service provider TasNetworks (CI Fraser). The project will develop a detailed understanding of the role, requirements and potential of DER in providing power system frequency stability services, and will develop and demonstrate distributed optimisation software, solving the constrained optimal power flow problem, to fulfil that potential. The project will thus provide a means to discover the FCAS hosting capacity of distribution networks. The approach builds on the Network Aware Coordination (NAC) software currently being developed and tested as part of the ARENA-funded CONSORT project, which has ANU and UTAS as key partners. The project will be demonstrated in the context of Tasmanias power system and electricity network which, owing to its size, nature and innovation shown by industry participants and related projects to date, is an excellent platform for developing this technology.
Funding
Australian Renewable Energy Agency ($527,582)
Collaborators
Australian National University ($254,000); Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd ($40,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research and Development
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Franklin ET; Negnevitsky M; Thiebaux S; Scott P; Fraser A
Period
2019 - 2021
Renewable Hydrogen (2019)$9,375
Description
This is a partnership project, which focuses on the legal, societal, political and international governance aspects of developing renewable Hydrogen for large-scale export from Tasmania. Renewable Hydrogen is Hydrogen fuel produced by renewable energy-generated electricity (hydro, solar, wind etc), through the process of electrolysis. It can be exported, and/or used locally for energy storage, or transport fuel. The main objective of this project is to scope out and foster College of Arts Law and Education (CALE) expertise in renewable Hydrogen, to prepare for UTAS involvement in an ANU-led Hydrogen Economy Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) bid in 2020.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($9,375)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lovell H; McGee JS; Gale F; Franklin ET; Levitt CJ
Year
2019
Panasonic Research Service Agreement (2017)$28,000
Description
This project will use high-resolution household load, solar generation and battery performance data, collected from participating households in the ACT over 2016 and 2017, to develop and assess generation and demand forecast methodologies and to develop and assess battery energy management via multi-objective optimisation techniques under forecast uncertainty.
Funding
Australian National University ($28,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Franklin ET
Year
2017
CONSORT: Consumer Energy Systems Providing Cost-Effective Grid Support (2016 - 2019)$3,965,701
Description
This is a technical project led by computer scientists and engineers, working with industry to develop better ways of managing renewable energy generation and battery storage on electricity grid. The UTAS team is providing social science input, working with householders on Bruny Island.
Funding
Australian Renewable Energy Agency ($2,895,951)
Collaborators
Reposit Power Pty Ltd ($726,750); Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd ($200,000); University of Sydney ($143,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research and Development
Administered By
Australian National University
Research Team
Thiebaux S; Blackhall L; Chapman A; Lovell HC; Osborne L; Scott P; Spaccavento D; Verbic G; Harwood A; Franklin ET
Period
2016 - 2019

Research Supervision

Current

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDLiving Off Grid: Exploring the motivations and experiences of Australian households who are not connected to the central electricity grid2017
PhDIntegration of Renewable Energy into the National Grid System2018
PhDDistributed Model Predictive Control (MPC) based Virtual Synchronous Converter for Active and Reactive Power Sharing in Microgrid System2018