Baran is a Senior Research Associate at the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE), UNSW. He completed his PhD in load forecasting & smart home energy systems, M.Sc. in Renewable Energy Engineering, SPREE, UNSW and B.Sc with Honors in Mechanical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. Baran is currently leading two major projects on the control and coordination of domestic electric water heating systems to soak-up excess solar generation in electricity networks: SolarShift (RACE for 2030) and Flexible demand trial (ARENA). Baran previously led Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and RACE for 2030 projects focusing on the development of integrated smart home energy management systems and integration of distributed energy resources. Baran's research is multi-disciplinary and involves collaboration with leading industry partners of Australia's energy market. His research has been translated into real-world products benefiting energy users and made policy impact by leading a rule change in Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)'s recent determination report. Baran's research outputs have been featured in reports by AEMC, Energy Security Board (ESB), CRC and other prime media outlets such as ABC, The Conversation and RenewEconomy.
Current Research Projects:
Baran is the course convener and lecturer of SOLA 4012 Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Design in SPREE.
SolarShift: CRC RACE for 2030 project grant
South Australian flexible demand trial: ARENA grant
Community scale battery modelling: ARC Integrated Energy Storage Solutions Research Hub grant
Curtailment and Network Voltage Analysis Study (CANVAS): CRC RACE for 2030 grant
Microsoft Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Earth grant
Voltage Analysis of Low Voltage Network across the National Electricity Market (NEM): Energy Security Board (ESB)
Demand side management and demand response
Smart home energy management systems
Appliance scheduling and control
Integration of distributed energy resources
Distributed energy resources curtailment
My Research Supervision
I am currently supervising/co-supervising four undergraduate students and a masters student.
My previous and current supervision research topics include:
Baran is the course convener and teacher of SOLA 4012, Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Design