Electric Power Systems

The Electric Power Systems research group is concerned with the safe, secure and reliable generation, transmission, distribution, storage and use of electrical energy for industrial and residential purposes.

Electric Power Systems

Our research has been instrumental in helping South Australia forge a path in renewable energy deployment, and will likely be applied interstate and internationally as demand for this energy source continues to grow.

As the world becomes increasingly disposed towards using intermittent renewable energy sources, there is a corresponding demand for optimal planning and deployment of energy storage and demand management systems, and network development.

Reflecting this, our Electric Power Systems group’s research is focused on the transition to an electricity supply system catering predominantly for intermittent renewable sources. This includes:

  • optimal power system planning to securely and reliably integrate increasing amounts of renewably sourced energy
  • developing new control strategies and systems to address the significant new technical challenges of asynchronously connected sources
  • applying energy storage in power systems in generation, distribution and with consumers
  • analysing power systems’ dynamic performance and operating limits
  • developing methods to integrate renewable energy sources into very weak power systems
  • investigating technologies to support the future electric grid, including infrastructure for electric vehicles
  • analysing power-system security and addressing vulnerabilities associated with the Internet of Things.

Research impact

Our group’s research has translated into significant real-world impact. For example, the group’s:

  • Australian Energy Storage Knowledge Bank project produced a fully-instrumented energy storage system, presently being tested at Cape Jervis, and a data bank showing all operational Australian energy storage systems’ performance
  • Mudpack commercial software package is used by the Australian Energy Market Operator, and most power system transmission network service providers, to analyse power system dynamics and control-system design
  • power-system stabiliser tuning methodologies—embedded in the Mudpack package—have helped facilitate power-system interconnection between South Australia and Victoria, and Queensland and New South Wales
  • AULimit software for calculating maximum secure interregional power-transfer limits is used by ElectraNet to help define the South Australian power system’s secure technical operating envelope in all conditions.

Our researchers

We have expertise across a wide range of areas. Many of our researchers are available to assist with research project supervision for Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy students.

Research team Expertise
Associate Professor Nesimi Ertugrul Electric machines and drives; Renewable energy/energy storage; Driverless systems
David Vowles Power system dynamics; Renewable energy integration; Power system limits
Associate Professor Wen Soong Electric machines and drives; Renewable energy/energy storage

Contact us

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