Our energy systems research is making a bit impact on the evolution of our existing energy delivery systems. A focus on sustainable development to realise a low emissions economy will target electrification of diverse systems, opening new and exciting fields of research for energy systems. 

An example is significant changes occurring in the generation, and supply of electrical energy. There is a shift from a centralised model of generation to one where generation is dispersed and distributed around the electrical network. Distributed generation is providing users with a lower-carbon source of energy that are efficient and potentially more flexible. Other examples include transportation electrification, which includes hybrid and all electric cars to hydrogen-powered aircraft. 

Energy systems research focuses on advanced power conversion and power systems applications which include the electricity grid, automotive and aerospace applications, and energy market economy. Our expertise spans across several key areas: 

  • Renewable generation and integration 
  • Energy conversion 
  • Energy storage systems 
  • Power system operations 
  • Protection systems 
  • High-voltage systems 
  • Power electronics and conversion 
  • Electric drive systems 
  • Condition monitoring, diagnostics and prognostics 
  • Energy economics 

Our experts have specific research capabilities within Clean Energy and Defence Research and Technology. We have strong collaboration with industries in Australia and beyond, and research innovations of the team have been commercialised by industries.  

We have close ties with our colleagues in the UNSW Energy Institute, UNSW Digital Future grid institute UNSW’s Hydrogen Energy Research Centre (HERC) and Collaboration for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM)

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