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Synthetic storage within hybrid diesel microgrids

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The University of Tasmania offers you a great lifestyle and a truly exceptional study experience in a unique natural environment. Our University strives to provide an engaging and supportive environment to help you reach your goals, while giving you an enjoyable and memorable higher degree by research experience.

The College of Sciences & Engineering is offering a 3-year fully funded PhD scholarship for an Honours or equivalent graduate in Engineering.

The Research Project
Micro-grids encounter high renewable energy penetrations early, given their small size. The inherent variability is managed with enabling technologies such as energy storage.

This proposal aims to eliminate the cost and complexity of energy storage, via adoption of synthetic storage. Synthetic storage allows for improved renewable penetration and reduced diesel fuel consumption.

The approach investigates replacement of fixed speed diesel assets with variable speed diesel technology, for improved generator flexibility, response and efficiency.

The expected project outcomes include both a reduction in cost and complexity for high renewable energy penetration micro-grids. Project benefits extend to reduced emissions and improved reliability.

The research improves accessibility and affordability of renewable energy based micro-grids, addressing the key barriers of cost and complexity.

The outcomes include the ability of existing micro-grid configurations to transition from low to high levels of renewable energy penetration without a reliance on energy storage technologies.

The benefits in simplifying the micro-grid framework include, accelerated uptake and utilisation of renewable energy, grid consolidation and grid decarbonisation, the impacts of which extend to cleaner, cheaper energy provision.


The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:
・The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates;
・The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis;
・Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector;
・Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:
・Hybrid diesel power system simulation;
・Wind turbine generator simulation;
・Power converter configuration and simulation

How To Apply
Applicants should contact Professor Michael Negnevitsky () for more information and to discuss their suitability for the project. Suitable applicants will then be asked to complete an application via the University of Tasmania’s Online Application System.

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