The Centre works on collaborative projects to deliver applied research with a focus on the following research themes.

Energy storage modelling, control and economic assessment / planning

  • Electricity usage monitoring and modelling algorithms and devices
  • Load modelling (load model parameter identification and generalisation)
  • Reactive power predictive control/scheduling

Renewable energy generation grid connection impact studies

  • Grid battery integration
  • Distributed generation penetration impact
  • Network peak demand reduction
  • Wholesale energy price optimisation
  • Voltage regulation

Distribute generation and microgrid

  • Smart control centres
  • Microgrid and Swer, microgrid planning, microgrid scheduling
  • Facilitate smart grid tech -demand response
  • Microgrid smart control centre technologies

Energy trading and cyber security 

  • Network modelling, security and vulnerability
  • Cloud computing, computational intelligence and power/smart grid data analytics

Integration of renewable and distributed energy resources

  • Consumer and network-oriented optimisation
  • System modelling for voltage and frequency excursions
  • Stable system operation for high renewable energy penetration

Integration of energy storage technologies and electric vehicles

  • Capacity, capability and technological barriers
  • Techno-economic implications of wide-scale adoption of electric vehicles

Designing and planning future networks

  • Electricity network optimisation, supply and usage paradigms
  • Electricity distribution networks of the future

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.