Pumped hydro storage

Pumped hydro storage and customer responsiveness to support power grids

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

1 September 2022

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

Scholarship

$28,854pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

This project forms part of the new ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Energy Technologies for Future Grids, a commonwealth funded collaborative initiative between the University of Tasmania and five other major Australian universities, together with fifteen partner organisations from industry. The Training Centre will provide solutions for the problems associated with the transition from fossil-fuel-based and centralised power grids to the renewables-based and decentralised grids of the future. The successful applicant for this project will be provided with opportunities to work as part of the broader training centre team, will work on problems of immediate relevance to industry and will have direct links to and be supported by industry partners.

This research project will explore how displacement of conventional generation by inverter-based generation, such as intermittent renewable energy, creates new requirements for energy storage, rapid and continuous frequency regulation, grid stabilisation and load following, requiring both storage and fast customer load response. In this project, a model for the responsiveness of pumped hydro storage (PHS) will be developed alongside customer engagement in response to the instantaneous support (such as voltage and frequency regulation) needed for power grids during both normal conditions and emergency events. This will include development of full dynamic models of the mechanical and electrical system for pumped storage and its interaction with the power system, to assess the integration of PHS technologies while delivering ancillary services, system strength and grid support, and maximising the hosting capability of the intermittent generation. Several tiers of loads and their interactions with the operation of a PHS using a communication system will also be considered.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Professor Michael Negnevitsky

Funding

The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which 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, Professor 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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