DC Nanogrids for Off-grid Communities

Optimal Design and Control of DC Nanogrids for Off-grid Communities

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

18 July 2022

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

Standalone solar photovoltaic (PV) home system is a flexible and simple solution to provide electricity to off-grid communities, however, it has limited energy and power for productive use; therefore, the solution is incomplete and incomparable to grid-like solutions. Microgrids as an alternative solution can deliver reliable power and abundant energy, however, the present microgrids are based on centralised architectures and control, resulting in many drawbacks in terms of scalability, power delivery, and distribution efficiency. In addition, microgrids are not suitable for low population density and dispersed households communities due to high capital and operational cost.

DC nanogrid is an economical and efficient solution to deliver clean energy to off-grid rural and regional communities. This research project aims to design and develop a modular and decentralised off-grid solar photovoltaic and battery energy storage based DC nanogrid system to deliver reliable and robust electrification in off-grid settings among households. The study focuses on modelling and controlling an optimal architecture consisting of interconnected groups of nanogrids (households), where each nanogrid can work self-sufficiently while supporting the network and sharing resources with the neighbouring community. The project will analyse the stability of interconnected low voltage DC distribution systems and assess dynamic performance capabilities under various scenarios.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Waqas Hassan

Funding

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 $28,854 per annum (2022 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.

Eligibility

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

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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, Dr Waqas Hassan 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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