DC Microgrid for offshore applications

Mitigation of stability and security issues of renewable energy-based DC Microgrid for offshore applications

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement



$28,854pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

This PhD project will develop appropriate dynamic models for offshore DC microgrids in order to analyse a wide range of technologies that enable transmission to clean and sustainable way of energy production. Components related to such technologies include photovoltaics, batteries, supercapacitors, electrolysers and fuel cells and are all natively DC. Networking these components into a microgrid using high-efficiency DC–DC converters is logical, but problematic in practice, and few suitable DC– DC converters are available commercially.
This project will review the challenges posed by DC microgrids in particular as to architecture and control aspects. These will include the commercial availability of suitable DC–DC converters (voltage, power, bi-directional capability, transient performance), how to set the DC bus voltage and strategies for energy management. The potential candidate will set up a viable DC microgrid architecture and explore the problems of transient behaviour with rapidly changing inputs and loads.
This project will be based in the School of Engineering with co-supervision of Griffith University. The student will have access to the physical DC microgrid lab and will be engaged in the work of designing a scaled-up (up to 1 MW level) containerized offshore microgrid in Tasmanian waters.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Michael Negnevitsky


The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which provides:

  • a living allowance stipend funded by the Blue Economy CRC of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

International applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.


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.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof Michael Negnevitsky to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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 2 x 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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