A $100 million smart grid project is helping train the next generation of power engineers
In June 2010, a consortium made up of EnergyAustralia, the University of Newcastle, IBM and several other major power companies were awarded the Smart Grid, Smart City demonstration project for Newcastle. Smart grids deliver electricity using two-way digital technology to control appliances at consumers’ homes - enabling them to better manage their energy by giving them information about usage and cost.
The project, which is being led by EnergyAustralia, will help improve the efficiency of Australia’s energy sector and transform the way we use energy. The University of Newcastle is recognised for its expertise in energy technology and being part of this project will help us to continue to build the skills needed to meet future energy needs.
Part of building a smart grid involves training a new generation of engineers to operate it. Which means students at the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment now have the chance to work at the cutting edge of modern electricity grid technology and collaborate with leaders in their field. It’s just another reason for bright sparks to choose the University of Newcastle.