Network Coordination of Distributed Energy

Coordination of Distributed Energy Resources in Distribution Networks

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Power systems are rapidly becoming decentralised as conventional large energy generation sources are replaced with renewables. Distribution networks, meanwhile, are expected to host higher and higher levels of energy generation sources, energy storage devices, and flexible loads. Managing networks and distributed resources on networks so as to enable high hosting capacity of renewables and flexible loads and to enable power systems services to be supplied, while ensuring operation of networks within physical constraints is a considerable challenge yet to be resolved. This project will develop and test novel approaches and methodologies for coordinating and integrating distributed energy resources on constrained electricity networks, so that future networks can be operated to successfully address these challenges. The project will feature case-studies from the Tasmanian electricity network, incorporating likely future scenarios identified by Tasmanian industry and government strategy and policy which include the ongoing roll out of rooftop solar, and the integration of smart, flexible loads and the widespread electrification of transport.

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 $28,854 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.


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

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applications are open to applicants from electrical engineering or computer science 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:

  • Electrical power engineering and/or distributed energy systems and/or distributed optimisation

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, A/Prof Evan Franklin 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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