Power and Energy Systems research activities are centred around power system stability and condition assessment of critical infrastructure. Power Systems are generally large, non-linear, interconnected and complex. There is a significant need for an improvement in the planning and operation of such power systems to avoid catastrophic blackouts. The School's research is specifically directed at the analysis and prediction of the dynamic behaviour of power systems for reliable and secure operations. Amongst the many options in this area, voltage and transient stability analysis, fault analysis tools and power systems control methodologies are the most important focus.
A significant proportion of the electricity infrastructure in Australia and other countries is aged and requires special attention. The focus is thus industry orientated research and aims to deliver next generation condition assessment techniques that comprise accurate modelling and interpretative tools for power transformers, underground cables and other plant assets.
The Power & Energy Systems Research Area is also involved with generation and transmission planning issues in a deregulated electricity market environment. The area is actively working on a number of challenging problems relevant to renewable energy and distributed generation integration to the main national grid. The area enjoys strong industry collaboration in research both nationally and internationally. The area is also a major partner of the Australian Power Institute.