Download an APQRC brochure.
Tribute to Associate Professor Philip Ciufo
It was with deep sadness that the Centre farwelled Phil Ciufo after sucucmbing to cancer on 18 February 2018 after a year long battle. Centre and School staff, both past and present, and current and former students paid tribute to Phil with his family and friends at his funeral service at which there was standing room only.
Centre Technical Director Sarath Perera and former Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences Chris Cook, paid tribute to Philip:
"Phil began University life as a talented undergraduate student 34 years ago as a steelwork's cadet in electrical engineering. As academic staff we were lucky enough to have Phil in our classes and tutorials through his degree in areas of electrical power engineering. He was a wonderful person to teach, showing a quick understanding of the subject material and very enthusiastically able to ask us incisive questions to keep us on our toes.
After graduation Phil spent some time at the steelworks but Chris kept in touch with him and eventually persuaded him to join the University as a full time researcher on a project to build a ‘Programmable Array Manipulator’ (PAM). This was the first large scale (about $1million) automation project undertaken at UOW, and Phil's work on this helped lay the foundation for UOW's current outstanding reputation in this area. Though UOW couldn't match his steelworks salary, in typical highly principled and honest fashion Phil made the decision to follow his passion no matter what.
In a world of increasing specialisation Phil was a unique and skilled ‘all-rounder’. His technical skills spanned wide areas of electrical engineering and he has made research and teaching contributions across electrical machines and power, electronics, computing and telecommunications. In the PAM project he developed high speed micro-computing power for rapid image processing and combined this with fast actuators to produce a unique working prototype able to programmably handle a wide range of industrial products. He was at home both in academia and in industry-indeed he spent some time back in Industry post-PAM developing embedded computer systems for a small but very innovative company before eventually returning to UOW and rising to Associate Professor.
Phil was a strong and empathetic advocate for the well-being of students. His actions were governed by his strongly held and principled views about the responsibilities of academics to provide students with good support and a high quality and industrially relevant curriculum. He led by example and, long before it became fashionable, he initiated several student-centred projects which he mentored with great success supported by his exceptional expertise. For example, UOW students won national competitions by making a mobile robot with quite advanced control schemes enabling high speed runs through a maze. He also developed a compact mobile robot with substantial capability which could be provided to every first year student allowing them to explore for themselves the powers and capabilities of modern computing and electronics.
Phil was instrumental in establishing the present world class teaching labs in power engineering at UOW. He played a significant role in initiating and managing Masters and PhD level research projects as a member of the Power Engineering group and was a key member of the present Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC). He worked hard to ensure that the power engineering teaching and research activities moved forward and that the APQRC continued to grow.
With typical unselfishness Phil volunteered often to contribute to School and Faculty business. For example, his encyclopaedic knowledge enabled him to make substantial and productive contributions to the Faculty and UOW, e.g. as Chair of the High Performance Computing (HPC) committee to help develop UOW HPC policies, and to many areas of curriculum review and development.
We both remember Phil for his passionate, strongly articulated, common sense views on life in general as well as on teaching and research issues and for his practical, forthright and honest approaches and contributions to the many issues faced by Academia and its interactions with students, Industry and the professions. His infectious enthusiasm came through in every facet of his life—his pride in and love of his family, his devotion to honesty and principled behaviours, and even in his energetic bicycle riding amazing the more sedentary of his friends. We will miss him greatly."
Commercial Research Funding for Integration of Large Solar Farms to Electricity Grids
APQRC has been successful in securing commercial research funding amounting to approximately $100k to work on the development of high fidelity models suitable for studies associated with integration of large solar farms to electricity grids. Technical Director Professor Sarath Perera said that, "This project is just one example of where the power engineering team at the University are making a contribution to Australia's clean energy future". The funding has been jointly provided by Manitoba HVDC Research Centre (a division of Manitoba Hydro International Ltd) and TransGrid noting the significant industry relevance and the urgency of the work to be undertaken in the project. Funds will be used to support a high calibre PhD student (who has already been secured) to develop the models, and it is expected that the models developed will be verified through field measurements.
For further information about this project or other research and consulting capabilities of the Centre, please contact Mr Sean Elphick.
PhD Scholarship on Renewable Energy in Power Grids
The Centre is seeking a high-calibre candidate to undertake a PhD in cutting-edge Large-scale Renewables in Power Grids in the Australian Reserach Council (ARC) project, "Wide-area Interconnected Clean Energy Highway". See the centre web site for more information.
Continuing Professional Development Courses for 2018
The APQRC offers several Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses each year. For a schedule of courses for 2018 see our Training page.
Technical Director Sarath Perera welcomes Professor Janaka B. Ekanayake as a Visiting Professorial Fellow of UOW. Prof. Ekanayake is highly regarded for his expertise in renewable energy generation and its integration and Smart Grids. Prof. Ekanayake's expertise will be available to students of the Master of Electrical Power Engineering Course run by the Centre.
Visit by Professor Janaka Ekanayake
The Centre was pleased to welcome Professor Janaka Ekanayake from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, on a visit to the Centre from 28-30 August. Professor Ekanayake's visit is part of a UIC grant and involved discussions on collaborative research related to embedded and renewable generation, visit to the laboratory facilities, and a presentation on "How Smart Grid Deployment Can Facilitate Integration of Renewables". Post-graduate students from the Centre were also provided an opportunity to present their work to Professor Ekanayake and receive valuable advice. Professor Ekanayaka was appointed as a Visiting Professorial Fellow of UOW in August 2017.
Technical Note No.16 - 'Domestic Energy Storage' published
Newly published Technical Note No.16 - 'Domestic Energy Storage' examines domestic (residential) electrochemical battery energy storage systems (BESS), primarily focusing on grid-connected BESS. Theory of battery operation is examined and characteristics and capabilities of BESS are outlined. Benefits of BESS to consumers is examined followed by a financial analysis of payback time for a typical BESS and renewable energy generation system.
The Centre welcomes the appointment of Dr Nalin Pahalawaththa as an Honorary Professorial Fellow of UOW. Dr Pahalawaththa has extensive industry experience and is a well-respected expert in power systems analysis. He is currently Principal Consultant, Network Planning at TransGrid. The Centre is pleased to have Dr Pahalawaththa's expertise available to students of the Master of Electrical Power Engineering and Continuing Professional Development Courses run by the Centre.
Applied Power Quality: Harmonics, Unbalance & Voltage Sags Professional Development Course 8-9 June 2017
The APQRC will be conducting an Applied Power Quality: Harmonics, Unbalance & Voltage Sags Professional Development course on 8-9 June 2017.
Participants will learn advanced analysis techniques and methods of improving power quality by both network and plant modifications. Course participants will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills through discussion and laboratory sessions.
Grid Connected Renewable & Distributed Generation Professional Development Course 19-20 April 2017
The APQRC will be conducting a Grid Connected Renewable & Distributed Generation Professional Development course on 20-21 July 2017.
This course will give a practical understanding of the principles, practices and problems associated with grid connection of renewable and distributed generation (DG). Further areas covered in the course include the operation, control and protection of generation-rich electricity distribution networks, network planning and reliability aspects for facilitating integration of these new generating units.
APQRC Welcomes A/P Roberto Langella
Technical Director Professor Sarath Perera welcomed Associate Professor Roberto Langella from Università Degli Studi Della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli (formerly Seconda Università Degli Studi Di Napoli) to the Centre in February 2017. From September 2016 to February 2017 A/P Langella was a visiting fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Canterbury as part of the Erskine Programme, following an invitation from Professor Neville Watson.
While visiting APQRC A/P Langella met with staff and postgraduate students and toured the Power Engineering laboratories at UOW. In addition, discussions about exchange programs and joint research activities took place. A/P Langella also presented a seminar on "Light Flicker: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" during which he outlined a voltage based flickermeter that is suitable for a wide range of lamp types that can be found today.
Quality of Electrical Supply Professional Development Course 19-20 April 2017
The APQRC will be conducting a Quality of Electrical Supply Professional Development course at the University of Wollongong on 19-20 April 2017.
The Quality of Electrical Supply course will give a practical understanding of the principles, practices and problems associated with supply quality. This course will cover all power quality problems including voltage sags, harmonics, transients and light flicker.
Download a flyer for more information and a registration form.
Fact Sheet - 'Impact of Load Control Signalling on Household Lighting Systems' published
APQRC has published a new Fact Sheet for electricity consumers on the Impact of Load Control Signalling on Household Lighting Systems. This Fact Sheet explains what load control signalling is and how it operates, its impact on household lighting, particularly LED lighting, and available solutions.
The Centre welcomes the re-appointment of Dr Peeter Muttik as an Honorary Professorial Fellow of UOW. Dr Muttik is a well-respected industry expert in power systems analysis and design and high power electronics, and his re-appointment will allow this industry based expertise to continue to be available to students of the Master of Electrical Power Engineering and Continuing Professional Development Courses run by the Centre.
Long time staff member Dr Vic Smith formally retired on 22 July 2016 after 19 years with the Centre, having started at the Centre soon after its establishment. Dr Smith was a vital member of the Centre with wide-ranging responsibilities including administration and budgetary control, research, organisation of courses and seminars, consultancy, and publicity. While the Centre wishes Vic well in his retirement, we are pleased to announce Vic has accepted an appointment as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow. This appointment will allow Dr Smith's expertise and experience to continue to be available to the Centre as required.
Vale Leith Elder
It is with great sadness that the Centre acknowledges the passing of Mr Leith Elder. Leith was a very humble engineer who spent most of his working career keeping the lights on across the regional networks of NSW in Australia. His insight into the operation and design of a large distribution network was deep and wide-ranging.
In recent times, Leith was a visiting professorial fellow at the University of Wollongong. During this period, he assisted many PhD students with the practical and esoteric aspects of distribution networks.
Leith was well respected in Australia and internationally and his pragmatic engineering attitude and his cheerful, helpful nature will be sadly missed by all that knew, or had an association with him. He was 73 years old.
Solar Calculator for domestic customers
A Solar Calculator to assist the assessment of solar for domestic customers is available as part of the EnergyWise program of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) of New Zealand. The Solar Calculator was developed by the EPECentre, University of Canterbury, through the GREEN GRID research programme with government and industry funding.
Twenty-three year partnership continues
The twenty-three year partnership between APQRC and Endeavour Energy continues with the signing of the latest three year partnership agreement. This is one of the longest continuous partnerships between industry and the university, having commenced in 1996. The parntership supports UOW's teaching, research and development activities in power engineering that in turn strengthen the capability of Australia' power engineering industry.See also the UOW media release.
Applied Power Quality Course
The APQRC is pleased to announce it will be presenting an "Applied Power Quality: Harmonics, Unbalance & Voltage Sags" continuing professional development course on 3-4 November 2016 at the UOW Innovation Campus.This is an advanced course which builds on the introductory "Quality of Electrical Supply" course and is designed to expand the coverage of selected power quality topics in order to give paticipants practical skills in the analysis and mitigation of specific problems. Topics covered include harmonics, voltage unbalance, voltage sags & interruptions, power electronic mitigation techniques, and power quality monitoring & reporting.
Congratulations to Dr Yin Chin Choo
The members of the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC) offer their congratulations to Dr Yin Chin Choo on her PhD graduation at a ceremony held at UOW on Thursday 21 July 2016. Dr Choo's thesis is titled "Small signal stability analysis for a turbine-generator unit connected to an HVDC system". Dr Choo is currently working for TransGrid.
APQRC award for highest grade in Power Engineering 1
On behalf of the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC) Technical Director Professor Sarath Perera extends the Centre's congratulations to Obaidur Rahman on being awarded the APQRC prize for achieving the highest grade in Power Engineering 1, the introductory Power Engineering subject at UOW. The award was presented to Mr Rahman at the UOW Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences Prize Evening on Friday 27 May 2016 by Associate Professor Philip Ciufo.Find out about undergraduate and postgraduate study of Power Engineering at UOW.
Technical Note No.15 - 'Impact of Power Quality on Lighting Technology' published
Newly published Technical Note No.15 - 'Impact of Power Quality on Lighting Technology' discusses the impact of power quality (PQ) disturbances on different lighting technologies. It mainly focuses on lighting technologies for domestic use; however, much of the technical information is also readily applicable to commercial and industrial lighting technologies.
Quality of Electrical Supply Professional Development Course 4-5 August 2016
The APQRC will be conducting a Quality of Electrical Supply Professional Development course at the University of Wollongong on 4-5 August 2016
The Quality of Electrical Supply course will give a practical understanding of the principles, practices and problems associated with supply quality. This course will cover all power quality problems including voltage sags, harmonics, transients and light flicker.
Download a flyer for more information and a registration form.
More success for APQRC Postgraduate Students with the IEEE PES UoW Student Branch Chapter ranked 11th in the world.
On behalf of the Centre, Technical Director Professor Sarath Perera congratulates Chapter Chair Dao Vu and members of the IEEE PES UoW Student Branch Chapter being ranked 11th in the world in the IEEE PES High performing Student Branch Chapter Program 2015 Final Resuls. This also places the UoW Chapter as the highest ranked Student Branch Chapter in Australia. The ranking reflects the pro-active approach of the Chapter in being the gateway for postgraduate students to the professional global world of electrical power and energy engineers.
Mr Ty Christopher appointed as an Honorary Professorial Fellow
APQRC Technical Director Professor Sarath Perera extended congratulations and a welcome on behalf of the Centre to Mr Ty Christopher who has been appointed as an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University of Wollongong (UOW). Mr Christopher is General Manager Network Development at Endeavour Energy and has a long association with UOW and the APQRC. Mr Christopher is a graduate of UOW with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours). He is closely associated with the Centre including membership of the Managment Advisory Committee in addition to lecturing in Centre provided continuing education courses such as the Master of Electrical Power Engineering offered by UOW. Professor Perera said that this appointment provides Mr Christopher with a well-deserved formal recognition of his contributions to the Centre.
Centre member promotions
APQRC Technical Director Professor Sarath Perera extended congratulations on behalf of the Centre to members who received confirmation of pormotions in early December. Dr Kashem Muttaqi was promoted from Assoc. Professor to Professor and Dr Phil Ciufo was promoted from Senior Lecturer to Associate Professor.
Congratulations to APQRC higher degree graduates
The Centre offers its congratulations to higher degree APQRC students who graduated on 17 December 2015 in a ceremony held at UOW's University Hall.
Ms Athmi Vidarshika Jayawardena and Mr Brian Kennedy Perera both graduated with a PhD. Dr Jayawardena's thesis topic was on 'Aggregated modelling and operational aspects of microgrids' and Dr Perera's thesis topic was on 'Modelling of Inverter Interfaced Renewable Energy Resources to Investigate Grid Interaction'. Technical Director Professor Sarath Perera said that their graduation marked the culmination of several years of dedicated effort and research in to topics of practical benefit to the industry.
Also graduating from the Master of Electrical Power Engineering (MEPE) were Mr Romero Jr. Cedino, Mr Daryl Eager, Mr Dharvin Nishal Lal, Ms Julia McDonald, Mr Stephen Holm*, Mr David McDonald*, and Mr Andrew Sims*, and from the Graduate Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering (GCEPE) Mr Xuan Zhang. The MEPE/GCEPE is designed as an ongoing professional development qualification for practicing power engineers and thereby benefits not only those undertaking the course but also the organisations and industry in which they work.
*MEPE with Distinction
APQRC Postgraduate Students continue the success in receiving IEEE Awards
The IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) University of Wollongong (UOW) Student Branch Chapter (SBC) has been awarded the Outstanding Student Branch Chapter award for 2015. In conjunction with this the Chapter chair Mr Yinjie Tan has been awarded the Outstdaning Student Branch Chapter Chair award. The Chapter was notified in May of their awards and presentation of the awards took place at the IAS Annual meeting 2015, held in Dallas, Texas, USA on 18-22 October 2015.
These awards reflect the quality of APQRC Postgraduate students not only in the pursuit of academic excellence but also in willingnes to take an active role in the community of their fellow engineers. The awards follow on from a number of previous IEEE awards awarded to APQRC Postgraduate students. For a list previous awards visit the IEEE IAS UOW SBC web site.
Power Electronics in Distribution Systems short course 1 October 2015
The Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC) will be holding a Power Electronics in Distribution Systems one-day continuing professional development short course on 1 October 2015 at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Wollongong Campus.
Power electronic devices are becoming more and more ubiquitous in modern distribution systems. Whether it be DSTATCOMs installed at distribution level for reactive power support through to inverters for renewable generation interfaces, power electronic systems are now found at all levels of the distribution network. This course is designed to provide attendees with an overview of modern power electronics and power electronic systems in the context of the modern distribution networks.
Power Electronics in Distribution Systems (PDF 120 KB)
Network Level Energy Storage Experts Panel at AUPEC 2015 open invitation
The Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC) extends an open invitation to attend the Energy Storage Experts panel session at AUPEC 2015. The panel session will discuss network level energy storage with presentations from panellists followed by open discussion.
Experts on the panel include:
The Energy Storage Experts panel session will be held from 1:20pm-3:10pm on Wednesday 30 September at the conference venue Novotel Wollongong Northbeach.
AUPEC is an annual conference with a well established history of over 20 years and today sees researchers and practising power engineers from both academia and industry throughout the Australasian region connecting together to share research and ideas for the advancement of Power Engineering for the benefit of the power industry and consumers. The APQRC is pleased to be hosting AUPEC 2015 from 27-30 September in Wollongong.The conference theme for AUPEC 2015 is Challenges for Future Grids. The conference will provide an opportunity to not only explore the challenges facing the power grid of the future, but also to share a vision for solutions to those challenges.For more information see the AUPEC 2015 web site.
AUPEC 2015 - Energy Storage Experts panelists finalised
Panelists for the AUPEC 2015 Energy Storage Expert Panel session have been finalised. The panel session will take place after lunch on Wednesday 30 September and will comprise presentations by the invited experts followed by an open forum. Panelists include Mr Steve Blume (President, Energy Storage Council), Mr Nicholas Batt (Power Systems Application Manager, ecoult energy storage systems), Mr Paul Fox (Head of Technology and New Ventures, AGL New Energy), and will be chaired by Professor Danny Sutanto (Australian Power Quality & Reliability Centre).
Registrations for AUPEC 2015 close on 31 August 2015.
AUPEC 2015 - Energy Storage expert panel session
The third day of AUPEC 2015 will include an expert panel session on Energy Storage. Expert panellists will include Mr Steve Blume, President, Energy Storage Council, and Professor Danny Sutanto, Professor of Power Engineering, University of Wollongong. For further information see the AUPEC 2015 web site.
APQRC continues its involvement in setting the Standards for power quality
On 22-23 June APQRC staff member Sean Elphick attended the Standards Australia EL-034 (Power Quality) committee meeting reviewing AS 4777 (Grid connection of energy systems via inverters). The current review of this standard is now nearing completion.
From 9-10 July Sean will also attend a CIGRÉ WG C4.27 (Benchmarking of PQ Performance in Transmission Systems) working group meeting in Brussels, Belgium, to disuss the WG technical brochure.
APQRC staff member Jeff Moscrop also presented a demonstration and workshop on Superconducting FCLs at a CIGRÉ Australia Next Generation Network - Young Engineers seminar hosted by QUT on 2 July at the QUT Test Facility in Banyo, Queensland.
AUPEC 2015 - Paper notifications issued, Early Bird date extended
Notifications of paper acceptance for AUPEC 2015 were issued on 15 July 2015. The paper submission system has been re-opened for two weeks for upload of final version papers. For more information see the AUPEC 2015 web site. Final revised papers must be uploaded by Friday 31 July.
Note that the cut-off date for Early Bird registration has been extended by one week to Friday 7 August.
Visiting Professorial Fellow Dr David Sweeting awarded Engineers Australia 2015 MA Sargent Medal
The APRQC offered congratulations to Dr David Sweeting on being awarded the 2015 MA Sargent Medal by the Electrical College of Engineers Australia. Dr Sweeting is a visiting professorial fellow with the APQRC and is a regular contributor to continuing education for Power Engineers in both short courses run by the Centre and the Master of Electrical Power Engineering course offerred by the University of Wollongong. Dr Sweeting will be presented with the award along with the co-winner Dr Alexander Zelinsky (a former student and staff member of University of Wollongong and currently Chief Defence Scientist) at the Electrical College Awards Dinner on Friday 28 August at the Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney.
AUPEC 2015 Call for Papers - FINAL WEEK for Paper Submissions
This is the final week for Submissions for the Call for Papers for AUPEC 2015 - Challenges for Future Grids - with the close off date being this Friday 15 May 2015. Register and upload your submission before the close date.See also the guidelines for authors.
Quality of Electrical Supply Course 20-21 August 2015
The APQRC is hosting a Quality of Electrical Supply two day professional development course on 20-21 August 2015 at Mercure Sydney International Airport.
This course will give a practical understanding of the principles, practices and problems associated with with supply quality. This course will cover all power quality problems including voltage sags, harmonics, transients and light flicker.Download more information (PDF 48 KB)
API Travel grants for industry participants at AUPEC 2015
The Australian Power Institute (API) is offering individual travel grants up to $1,000 up to a total of $5,000 for industry presenters to participate in AUPEC 2015. For information about API travel grants for AUPEC 2015 see the AUPEC 2015 web site.
AUPEC 2015 Call for Papers - Close off date for Paper Submissions extended to 15 May 2015
The close off date for Submissions for the Call for Papers for AUPEC 2015 - Challenges for Future Grids - has been extended to 15 May 2015. Please note that no further extensions will be given.Register and upload your submission before the close date.See also the guidelines for authors.
Student travel grants for AUPEC 2015
Three travel grants of $500 each are available for student participants of AUPEC 2015. Preference will be given to those students who have the furthest to travel. Applications are to be made directly to the AUPEC 2015 Conference Chair. Successful applicants will be selected by the Conference Chair.
OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES joins TransGrid as Gold sponsor for AUPEC 2015 - Challenges for Future Grids
OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES Australia is showing its support for Power Engineering in Australsia by signing-up as a Gold Sponsor for AUPEC 2015 - Challenges for Future Grids. OPAL-RT joins TransGrid as Gold sponsors for AUPEC 2015. For information about other sponsors and exhibitors visit the AUPEC 2015 web site.
AUPEC 2015 Student paper prize sponsored by EESA
The Electrical Energy Society of Australia (EESA) is sponsoring a $1,000 prize for the best student paper at AUPEC 2015 - Challenges for Future Grids. The winning paper will be selected by the Technical Review Commitee. For further information visit the AUPEC 2015 web site.
Power System Stability Course. 6-8 July 2015. Mercure Sydney International Airport
The APQRC is pleased to announce it will be presenting a "Power System Stability" professionial development course on 6-8 July 2015 at the Mercure Sydney International Airport.This course aims to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills to perform power system stability studies. The couse will include a theoretical foundation and practical application of the most commonly used simlation and analysis techniques. This will be extended to determination of the most suitable methods of mitigating instability issues.
Applied PQ course: harmonics, unbalance and sags. 20-21 April 2015. Mercure Sydney International Airport
The APQRC is pleased to announce it will be presenting an "Applied Power Quality: harmonics, unbalance & sags" professionial development course in power engineering on 20-21 April 2015 at the Mercure Sydney International Airport.This is an advanced course which builds on the introductory "Quality of Electrical Supply" course and is designed to expand the coverage of selected power quality topics in order to give paticipants practical skills in the analysis and mitigation of specific problems. Topics covered include harmonics, unbalance, sags & interruptions, power electronics, and power quality monitoring & reporting.
2nd Call for Papers: AUPEC 2015 - Challenges for Future Grids
Emeritus Professor Vic Gosbell presented with IEEE Award
In November 2014 Emeritus Professor Vic Gosbell was awarded the IEEE PES NSW Chapter Oustanding Engineer Award for 2014 for contributions to the field of electric power quality and to power engineering education. Professor Gosbell was presented with the award at the University of Wollongong's (UOW) School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommuications Engineering (SECTE) on the morning of Thursday 29 January 2015 by Associate Lecturer Sasha Nikolic, Chair of the IEEE NSW Education Chapter. APQRC and SECTE staff were present to offer congratulations to Professor Gosbell and to reflect on his longstanding contributions which led to this award.
Registration now open: AUPEC 2015 - Challenges for Future Grids
Registration for AUPEC 2015 - Challenges for Future Grids - is now open. Registration is open until 31 August 2015. Early Bird discount is available until 31 July 2015. Please visit the AUPEC 2015 web site for further details.
Call for Papers: AUPEC 2015 - Challenges for Future Grids
Call for Papers for AUPEC 2015 - Challenges for Future Grids - is now open. Please visit the AUPEC 2015 web site for further details.
Dr Ashish Agalgaonkar promoted to Senior Lecturer
On behalf of all Centre members, APQRC Technical Director Sarath Perera offered congratulations to Centre staff member Dr Ashish Agalgaonkar on being promoted to Senior Lecturer. This promotion is recognition of Dr Agalgaonkar's ongoing valuable contribution to the Centre and to the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Wollongong.
More awards for APQRC members
Dr Robert Barr and Emeritus Professor Vic Gosbell were
earlier this year awarded the 2013 John Madsen Medal by
the Electrical College of Engineers Australia. The
John Madsen Medal is awarded for the best paper published
by a current member of Engineers Australia and published
in The Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronic
Engineering. Dr Barr and Professor Gosbell received the
2013 John Madsen Medal for their paper A new approach to harmonic
allocation for medium-voltage installations. This
paper presents a novel approach for distributors to
calculate allocation of harmonic levels to MV customers
based on the concept of voltage droop. The approach
presented by Dr Barr and Professor Gosbell is less
calculation and data intensive compared to the current
approach based on an IEC technical report. The 2013 John
Madsen Medal was presented to Dr Barr and Professor
Gosbell at an Electrical College event on 26 November
2014 in conjunction with Engineers Australia Convention 2014.
This award follows on from previous Engineers Australia awards to both Dr Barr and Professor Gosbell. Dr Barr is the 2012 National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year and in 2007 Professor Gosbell was presented with the prestigous M A Sargent Medal. Professor Gosbell was also an earlier co-recipient of the John Madsen Medal for a paper on high efficiency inverters.
Emeritus Professor Vic Gosbell has also received a further honour by being awarded the IEEE PES NSW Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award for 2014 for contributions to the field of electric power quality and to power engineering education.
APQRC Technical Director Professor Sarath Perera offered congratulaions on behalf of all Centre members to both Dr Barr and Emeritus Professor Gosbell. Professor Perera said that both of these awards were well-deserved and an indication of the high calibre of contributions Centre members provide to both the power industry and power engineering education and the respect with which these contributions are held.
Technical Note No.14 - 'Ripple Injection Load Control Systems' published
Newly published Technical Note No.14 - 'Ripple Injection Load Control Systems' Discusses ripple injection load control systems. Ripple injection load control is a communication method used extensively by electricity distributors to turn on and off loads such as off-peak hot water systems and street lighting. Ripple injection control systems work by superimposing a coded control signal on to the normal 50 Hz voltage waveform. This allows for one way communication with loads without additional communications infrastructure.
Seminar: Fault Current Limiter (FCL) Application in Wind TurbinesAPQRC invites you to a research seminar Fault Current Limiter (FCL) Application in Wind Turbines on Thursday 18 September 2014 from 11:30-13:30 by Prof. Mehdrad Tarafdar Hagh at UOW, Building 6, Room 222. See Upcoming events for further details.
SBRC Official Opening
APQRC staff showcasing APQRC capabilities at the SBRC opening
APQRC extends its congratulatons to SBRC and all involved in the SBRC building at UOW Innovation Campus on the occasion of the official opening by Senator the Hon Eric Abetz. The opening ceremony took place at 11am on Thursday 7 August 2014 and was attended by invited dignitaries, partners involved in the design, construction, and fitout of the building, research project partners, and UOW staff and students. APQRC members attended the opening ceremony and were on hand to showcase the work of APQRC. Facilities at the SBRC, including a micro-grid and solar PV inverter bank, are available for APQRC members to further research in the areas of Power Quality and distributed and renewable generation.Read more news about the SBRC opening:
Technical Note No.13 - 'Domestic Energy Saving Devices' published
Newly published Technical Note No.13 - 'Domestic Energy Saving Devices' Investigates energy saving devices which are marketed for domestic applications. Rapidly increasing energy prices and climate change concerns leading to a desire to reduce energy consumption have seen a proliferation of such devices in the marketplace. Some of the promotional material associated with these devices makes exaggerated, misleading or technically incorrect assertions. This technical note examines the theoretical capabilities of a number of voltage reduction technologies currently in the marketplace. A short review of the way that energy is measured is also included.
APQRC to host AUPEC 2015
The Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC) at the University of Wollongong (UOW) is pleased to announce that it will host the Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC) 2015 in Wollongong from 27-30 September 2015. For more information visit the AUPEC 2015 web site. Download an information flyer (PDF 225 KB)
APQRC members attend ICHQP 2014 in Romania
Several members of the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC) recently attended the 16th IEEE International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power (ICHQP) in Bucharest, Romania, from 25 to 28 May, 2014. APQRC members presented the following papers:
Professor Sarath Perera, APQRC technical director, was a member of the steering committee and technical review committee. Emeritus Professor Vic Gosbell and Dr Phil Ciufo were also members of the technical review committee. Sarath, Vic, and Phil also chaired sessions on Power Quality Analysis and Power Quality Case Studies.
Renewable and Distributed Generation Course 17-18 July 2014
The APQRC in conjunction with the SBRC are hosting a Grid Connected Renewable and Distributed Generation two day professional development course on 17-18 July 2014 at the University of Wollongong.
This course will give a practical understanding of the principles, practices and problems associated with grid connection of renewable and distributed generation (DG). Further areas covered in the course include the operation, control and protection of generation-rich electricity distribution networks, network planning and reliability aspects for facilitating integration of these new generating units.Download more information (PDF 1.37 MB)
Quality of Electrical Supply Course 25-26 September 2014
The APQRC is hosting a Quality of Electrical Supply two day professional development course on 25-26 September 2014 at Mercure Sydney International Airport.
This course will give a practical understanding of the principles, practices and problems associated with with supply quality. This course will cover all power quality problems including voltage sags, harmonics, transients and light flicker.Download more information (PDF 66 KB)
APQRC congratulates HDR student Joel Kennedy on OCTAL Award
APQRC HDR student Joel Kennedy has been awarded a 2014 Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) Award for a Sessional Teacher/Demonstator. This award is evidence of the respect Joel is held in by staff, fellow sessional demonstrators/tutors, and students. Joel has consistently been rated by students in the top 5 demonstrators since he started sessional teaching in the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering (SECTE) in 2012. Head of School, Professor Jingtao Xi said, "Joel always takes the initiative to identify weaknesses and provide solutions". As further evidence of the high regard in which Joel is held, he has been appointed an Associate Lecturer in SECTE for Autmn session 2014 to assist in teaching. APQRC congratulates Joel on his award.
The Pen Issue 4 available
Now available, 'The Pen' Issue 4, the newsletter of the Power Engineering Research & Consulting Group at the University of Wollongong.
APQRC wishes Prof Alex Baitch all the best for his tenure as National President of Engineers Australia
APQRC Technical Director Associate Professor Sarath Perera communicated the Centre's best wishes to Professor Alex Baitch as Professor Baitch takes up his tenure as the 2014 National President of Engineers Australia. Professor Baitch has a longstanding relationship with the APQRC and is a Visiting Professorial Fellow with Centre. Hear Professor Baitch's call to action for the strength campaign.
UOW's 20-year unmatched funding to train new generation of power engineering academics
The University of Wollongong (UOW) has announced it will receive almost $1 million funding from the electricity industry over the next three years which will improve power quality and reliability to households and businesses throughout New South Wales. Read the full media release.
APQRC expertise helping consumers to avoid dodgy energy saving devices
APQRC expertise in bringing direct benefits to electricity consumers was demonstrated recently when under commission from NSW Fair Trading APQRC staff conducted tests on a claimed energy saving device which showed those claims to be false. Read the joint warning issued by the Minister for Fair Trading and NSW Energy & Water Ombudsman.
Dr Vic Smith explains how the device was tested
APQRC Scholarship 2014
The Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, has a scholarship opportunity for an outstanding student wishing to commence PhD studies in 2014. More...
The Pen Issue 3 available
Now available, 'The Pen' Issue 3, the newsletter of the Power Engineering Research & Consulting Group at the University of Wollongong.
APQRC HDR student named as a finalist in NSW International Student of the Year Awards
On 4 October 2013 NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for
Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner MP, announced the
finalists in the NSW International Student of the Year
Awards. APQRC PhD candidate Devinda Perera was amongst
the named finalists, and APQRC offers it congratulations
to Devinda. Along with Devinda's personal academic
achievements, being a finalist in these awards also shows
the high regard that Devinda is held in as he
advocates for and assists international students in both
academic and non-academic areas.
Read the full Press Release (PDF 97 KB).
Read more at the Illawarra Mercury
'Grid Connected Renewable and Distributed Generation' Professional Development Course
On 7-8 November 2013, APQRC in conjunction with SBRC will run the 'Grid Connected Renewable and Distributed Generation' Professional Development Course. This course will give a practical understanding of the principles, practices and problems associated with grid connection of renewable and distributed generation (DG). Further areas covered in the course include the operation, control and protection of generation-rich electricity distribution networks, network planning and reliability aspects for facilitating integration of these new generating units. Download flyer (PDF 1.42 Mb)
APQRC HDR Students receive DIgSILENT Pacific User Conference Top Two Awards
On 5 September 2013, APQRC PhD candidates Devinda Perera and Vidarshika Jayawardena were awarded first and second place respectivly in the student-poster session at the DIgSILENT Pacific 2013 PowerFactory Users' Conference held at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel in Sydney.
The poster presented by Devinda was titled "Flicker Emission Analysis of Photovoltaic Systems Connected to Distribution Networks Using DIgSILENT PowerFactory" (PDF 2.5 MB) and based on some work carried out with another APQRC PhD candidate Brian Perera.
The poster presented by Vidarshika was based on a case study on dynamic characteristics of a microgrid with inverter interfaced and non-inverter interfaced distributed generation (PDF 2.3 Mb).
The Pen Issue 2 available
Now available, 'The Pen' Issue 2, the newsletter of the Power Engineering Research & Consulting Group at the University of Wollongong.
New Agreement Secures Future of the Centre
Electrical power engineering activities at the University of Wollongong received yet another boost in late June by the establishment of the agreement to operate the newly named 'Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre' (APQRC). This marks 20 years of continuous industry support.
Organisations who are interested in developing links with APQRC are invited to consider avenues which can be used to work collaboratively to ensure that APQRC has a viable future beyond the next three years and continues to deliver useful outcomes for the benefit of the wider community. Please contact the Centre to express your interest.
25 Years Service Award - Sarath Perera
APQRC congratulates Associate Professor Sarath Pererea, APQRC Technical Director, on receiving an award for 25 years service at the University of Wollongong.
Associate Professor Perera has made substantial and sustained contributions to research and teaching in electrical engineering. He continues to have a significant impact on electrical power engineering, both in Australia and internationally, contributing to the development of standards and undertaking research into power quality. As the Technical Director of one of Australia's longest running industry-university research partnerships, the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre, Sarath has been pivotal in ensuring that the Centre is widely recognised as the leading Australian institution for research in the area of power quality. His expertise and enthusiasm, alongside his dedication to his profession, has made Sarath a respected leader in his discipline.
Queen's Birthday 2013 Honours - Robert Barr (AM)
EEPQRC congratulates Professor Dr Robert Barr on the announcement in the Queen's Birthday 2013 Honours List of his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to engineering, particularly electrical energy supply and distribution.
EEPQRC Technical Director Sarath Perera said "This is a great honour for Robert for his contribution to the industry. Robert's services not only extend to the industry but also to power engineering education and training."
Dr Barr has been involved with the electicity supply
industry since 1973 and has been a long time supporter,
mentor and active contributor to the EEPQRC.
Dr Barr was part of the initial team that conducted the
pilot study for the Long Term National Power Quality Survey
and continues to be involved in this project.
He also regularly presents invited speaker seminars to
power engineering students at UOW,
lectures at professional development courses provided by
EEPQRC, and is a lecturer for the Master of Electrical
Power Engineering course
(see our training
page for more information on continuing education courses).
Dr Barr has also been recognised by the Electrical College of Engineers Australia as the 2012 Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year.
Technical Note No.12 - 'Power Quality in Future Low Voltage Electricity Networks' published
Newly published Technical Note No.12 - 'Power Quality in Future Low Voltage Electricity Networks' Forecasts how power quality (PQ) issues in low voltage (LV) networks may develop over the next decade or so. It has four sections to cover PQ concepts, PQ disturbances, possible developments of the network and the future of PQ.
Quality of Electrical Supply Course
EEPQRC is pleased to offer the 'Quality of Electrical Supply' Course on 1-2 July 2013. The Quality of Electrical Supply course will give a practical understanding of the principles, practices and problems associated with supply quality. This course will cover all power quality problems including voltage sags, harmonics, transients and light flicker. Download flyer (PDF 91 Kb)
CIGRE WG C4.111 Meeting held in Wollongong
Welcome to the Pen - EEPQRC Newsletter
The Pen (power engineering newsletter) is the newsletter of the Endeavour Energy Power Quality and Reliability Centre (EEPQRC) at the University of Wollongong. This newsletter highlights the ongoing activities, projects and capabilities of the EEPQRC in providing world class research, consulting and training services to the electricity transmission and distribution industry. Read issue 1 online or download a PDF version (274 kb).
Master of Electrical Power Engineering first graduates
On Wednesday 12 December 2012, the first graduates from the Master of Electrical Power Engineering (MElecPowEng) course were awarded their Masters degrees at a graduation ceremony held at the University of Wollongong. The EEPQRC congratulates the graduates and their families.
The Masters course was introduced in 2011 and is an industry recognised postgraduate qualification providing advanced power engineering knowledge delivered by industry experts to engineering graduates working in the industry. For further information see our Training page.
The successful completion of the MElecPowEng course by the first graduates was also celebrated on the evening of Thursday 6 December at a cocktail function held in Sydney attended by staff and students.
Ty Christopher admitted as a Fellow of Engineers AustraliaEEPQRC congratulates Mr Ty Christopher on being admitted as a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust). Mr Christopher is General Manager Network Development at Endeavour Energy. Endeavour Energy have been the major sponsor of the Power Quality & Reliabiity Centre over the past 14 years. "This is a significant recognition of the important role and contribution that Ty has made in the Power Engineering industry in Australia over a number of years," said Sarath Perera, Technical Director of the Power Qualty & Reliability Centre, "The Centre offers its congratulations to Ty and looks forward to an ongoing close working relationship between the Centre and our industry partners."
Professor Alex Baitch announced national deputy president of Engineers Australia
In November 2012, Engineers Australia announced
Professor Alex Baitch
as national deputy president of Engineers Australia for 2013.
Professor Baitch will succeed president elect Dr Marlene
Kanga in 2014. The EEPQRC congratulates Professor Baitch on this
industry recognition of his contribution to engineering in
Australia and the respect with which he his held in the
See also this news story on the UOW web site.
'Applied Power Quality: harmonics, unbalance & sags' Professional Development Course
On 29-30 November 2012, EEPQRC will run the 'Applied Power Quality: harmonics, unbalance & sags' Professional Development Course. This course provides participants with practical skills in the analysis and mitigation of specific power quality problems. The topics covered by this course are harmonics, voltage unbalance, voltage sags and interruptions, power electronic mitigation techniques, and power quality monitoring and reporting. Download flyer (PDF 73 Kb)
Consulting & Training ServicesTake a look out our new power quality, reliability, and distributed generation Consulting & Training Services mini-site
Research Fellow position available
The EEPQRC is currently looking to appoint a Research Fellow in an ARC funded project to conduct research in the integration of renewable and distributed energy resources. More info...
Technical Note No.11 - 'Voltage Sag Mitigation' published
Newly published Technical Note No.11 - 'Voltage Sag Mitigation' discusses voltage sags including characterisation, causes, measurement and financial impact. Techniques which may be utilised to mitigate voltage sags are described, the advantages and disadvantages of each technology are discussed, and a comparison of the costs of each voltage sag mitigation technology is given.
On Wednesday 18 July, three EEPQRC postgraduate students were awarded their postgraduate qualifications. Sean Elphick was awarded an MEng-Res, while Nishad Mendis and Kai Zhou were awareded PhD (Wgong). The centre congratulates all three students and looks forward to seeing their careers develop using the skills and knowledge gained during their studies and research at the centre.
Papers presented by EEPQRC staff members included:
EEPQRC Technical Director Assoc. Professor Sarath Perera was a member of the International Steering Committtee for ICHQP 2012 as well as, along with Dr Phil Ciufo, a member of the Technical Program Committee.
Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems Course that comes to you
No more hassles with travel! Let us come to you - this course will be delivered at your business at a flat rate for up to 25 participants at a time convenient to you. This course is designed as an introduction to solar PV generating technology and network integration issues and covers topics including:
Quality of Electrical Supply Course
EEPQRC is pleased to offer the 'Quality of Electrical Supply' Course on 5-6 July 2012. The Quality of Electrical Supply course will give a practical understanding of the principles, practices and problems associated with supply quality. This course will cover all power quality problems including voltage sags, harmonics, transients and light flicker. Download flyer (PDF 91 Kb)
Energy Efficiency Courses
The EEPQRC in conjunction with SBRC are running the Electricity Network Energy Efficiency Enhancment Professional Development Course on 16th - 17th April at the University of Wollongong's Sydney Business School, Circular Quay. This course focuses on providing state-of-the-art knowledge of envergy efficiency enhancement design and planning tools. The course also introduces the lates technologies and industry practices to improve network efficienct and reduce energy losses. Download flyer (PDF 504 Kb)
On 6th - 7th June 2012 EEPQRC in conjunction with SBRC will also run the Energy Efficiency in Electrical Energy Utilisation Professional Development Course at the University of Wollongong's Sydney Business School, Circular Quay. This course provides companies and individuals with a foundation level understanding of electrical energy use and losses, introduces the tools required for electrical energy analysis and management, and presents case studies of latest industry practice in energy efficiency improvements. This will be of significant benefit to those wishing to understand the principles behind electrical energy reduction within their own or client premises. Download flyer (PDF 481 Kb)
Dr Robert Barr announced as 2012 Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year
The EEPQRC congratulates Dr Robert Barr on being announced by the Electrical College of Engineers Australia as the 2012 Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year. Dr Barr has a long association with the EEPQRC and is a Visiting Professorial Fellow of UOW. He also teaches in the Master of Electrical Power Engineering course modules. Dr Barr also regularly presents seminars to third and fourth year undergraduate students and postgraduate students on aspects of being a professional electrical engineer. He is also closely involved with the Long Term National Power Quality Survey operated by UOW. Dr Barr operates his own consulting company Electric Power Consulting Pty Ltd and is also currently the National President of the Electric Energy Society of Australia.
'Voltage Support for High Penetration of DG' seminar
On 17 November 2011 A/Prof Dezso Sera from the Department of Energy Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark, visited EEPQRC and presented a seminar on 'Voltage Support for High Penetration of DG'. A/Prof Sera spoke about research activities on PV power systems at the Aalborg University and voltage control strategies to exploit additional reactive reserve of the inverter interfaced DGs to lower the grid voltage level.
A/Prof Sera addresses the audience at the seminar
Small Scale Solar PV Integration Forum
The EEPQRC has completed yet another successful forum on a topical theme; small scale PV integration. Nearly 40 participants from a wide range of industry/utility organisations and academia attended this forum. Expert speakers from solar cell manufactures, inverter manufacturers and network operators presented at the forum. The forum was well received and it is hoped that the discussion which was stimulated may lead to further work in this area.
Expert speakers answer and discuss questions during the panel session
International Colloquium on Power Quality and Lightning
CIGRÉ Study Committee C4 is holding a colloquium on "Power Quality and Lightning" in Sarajevo 13-16 May 2012. This event is organized by the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Committee of CIGRÉ (BH K CIGRÉ). The three day event will include two days of report/paper presentation and a technical visit. For details please download the flyer (PDF 370 Kb). APQRC Technical Director Assoc. Professor Sarath Perera is a member of CIGRÉ Study Committee C4.
'Energy Efficiecny in Electrical Energy Utilisation' Professional Development Course
On 8-9 December 2011, EEPQRC in conjunction with SBRC will run the inaugural 'Energy Efficiency in Electrical Energy Utilisation' Professional Development Course. This course provides companies and individuals with a foundation level understanding of electrical energy use and losses, introduces the tools required for electrical energy analysis and management, and presents case studies of latest industry practice in energy efficiency improvements. This will be of significant benefit to those wishing to understand the principles behind electrical energy reduction within their own or client premises. Download flyer (PDF 830 Kb)
Technical Note No.10 - 'Small Scale Domestic Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Systems' published
Newly published Technical Note No.10 - 'Small Scale Domestic Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Systems' examines small scale domestic rooftop solar PV grid connect systems by giving a description of system components, discussing Australian solar resource levels and pros and cons of solar PV systems, reviewing relevant Australian connection standards, and examining potential difficulties associated with connection of large numbers of solar PV sources.
'Renewable and Distributed Generation' Professional Development Course
On 24-25 November 2011, EEPQRC in conjunction with SBRC will run the inaugural 'Renewable and Distributed Generation' Professional Development Course. Delegates will learn fundamental aspects, operation, control and protection techniques, and methods of integration to improve supply quality and reliability for utilities and customers. Practical case studies from industry and research will also be presented. Download flyer (PDF 888 Kb)
Small Scale Solar PV Integration Forum
On 23 November 2011, EEPQRC in conjunction with SBRC will host a forum on 'Small Scale PV Integration'. The forum will cover all facets of the small scale PV phenomenon and will feature speakers from industry and university. For further details see our Upcoming events or download flyer (PDF 212 Kb)
Sympoisum on Future Grids/Smart Grids and Networks
On 17 October 2011, EEPQRC, in association with the Faculty of Informatics, University of Wollongong, will host a symposium on 'Future Grids/Smart Grids and Networks'. The symposium will gather industry participants who are already engaged in these programs to explain their activities highlighting the success stories, problems encountered and possible research areas in which the Universities can engage. For further details see our Upcoming events or download flyer (PDF 300 Kb)
'Power Quality Aspects of Modern Distribution Networks' workshop
On 4 August 2011 EEPQRC successfully hosted a Joint Australian/German Industry/University workshop on 'Power Quality Aspects of Modern Distribution Networks'. The workshop was attended by almost 40 partcipants from industry and university. Special guest speaker from Germany was Dr Jan Meyer (Technische Universität Dresden) with other guest speakers from both industry and university including internationally recognised experts. Topics covered included PQ standards, PQ surveys/measurement campaigns, and specifc PQ aspects (harmonics, voltage sags, unbalance). The talks covered current status, future challenges, and new developments in these areas.
ICHQP 2012 will be held at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong on 17-20 June 2012. Submission of full papers for review is due 15 January 2012. EEPQRC Technical Director Assoc. Professor Sarath Perera is a member of the international steering committee. You can download a flyer (PDF 195 Kb) with details.
Workshop on "Power Quality Aspects of Modern Distribution Networks"
On 4 August 2011, EEPQRC will host a joint Australian/German Industrty/University workshop on "Power Quality Aspects of Modern Distribution Networks". For more details download flyer (PDF 136 Kb).
An Excellent Partnership recognised
At a ceremony held at University of Wollongong on Friday 10th June, Emeritus Professor Vic Gosbell and Associate Professor Sarath Perera of the EEPQRC and Endeavour Energy received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Partnerships, recognising the contibution to research excellence in Power Quality during a longstanding partnership. Receiving the award for Endeavour Energy was Mr Ty Christopher.
Left to right: Assoc. Professor Sarath Perera (EEPQRC Technical Director, University of Wollongong), Emeritus Professor Vic Gosbell (EEPQRC Technical Advisor, University of Wollongong), Mr Ty Christopher (General Manager Network Development, Endeavour Energy), Professor Gerard Sutton (Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong)
Welcome Endeavour Energy
From 1 March 2011, the former poles and wires business of Integral Energy is now known as Endeavour Energy.
As the Centre's major sponsor, this also sees a renaming of our Centre to the Endeavour Energy Power Quality & Reliability Centre (EEPQRC). The EEPQRC will continue to provide
the same excellence in research, consulting, and teaching.
(See the Endeavour Energy brand launch press release)
Master of Electrical Power Engineering
IEPQRC is pleased to announce the introduction of the
Master of Electrical Power Engineering,
an industry recognised postgraduate qualification providing advanced
power engineering knowledge delivered by industry experts to
engineering graduates working in the industry.
The course can also be undertaken as a Graduate Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering.
For general course enquiries contact:
|Mr Sean Elphick|
|Australian Power Quality & Reliability Centre|
|School of Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering|
|University of Wollongong|
|Wollongong, NSW 2522|
|Tel: +61 (0)2 4221 4737|
|Fax: +61 (0)2 4221 3236|
ICHQP 2010 - Bergamo, Italy
During September 2010 several staff members presented papers at the
International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power (ICHQP)
in Bergamo, Italy.
Papers presented or co-authored by staff members include
Assoc. Professor Sarath Perera was a member of the steering committee and also chaired the session on PQ Standards + PQ State Estimation.
Emeritus Professor Vic Gosbell and Assoc. Professor Sarath Perera were also members of the Technical Review Committee.
Integral Energy renews commitment to IEPQRC
At a special ceremony on July 20, Integral Energy renewed its commitment to IEPQRC when Integral Energy Deputy Chairman, Mr Terry Downing, signed a three-year agreement with the Univesity's Vice Chancellor, Professor Gerard Sutton. For more information see the following links
Left to right: Assoc. Professor Sarath Perera (IEPQRC Technical Director, University of Wollongong), Mr Terry Downing (Deputy Chairman, Integral Energy), Professor Gerard Sutton (Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong), Professor Philip Ogunbona (Dean of Informatics, University of Wollongong)
CIGRE/CIRED JWG meetings
Pictured above (left to right): S. Perera, X. Yang, R. Barr, V. Gosbell, M. Halpin, E. De Jaeger, F. Zavoda, R. Cai, H. Renner, I. Papic, Z. Emin
Vic Gosbell admitted as Emeritus Professor
At a graduation ceremony on 15 December 2009, Professor Vic Gosbell was admitted as Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong. See a video of the graduation ceremony (Professor Gosbell's admission as Emeritus Professor begins at 86 minutes in to the video).
Former student receives industry award
Former power engineering student Felicity Galluzzo received the 2008 Engineers Australia Graduate Electrical Power Engineer of the Year award for outstanding achievements in the first six years of professional practice. Read a profile about Felicity.
Felicity is the second former student associated with the IEPQRC to receive this award. Former student Ian Nathan Kennedy received the 2006 award.
Welcome new staff and students
Associate Professor Kashem Muttaqi and Dr Ashish Agalgaonkar have commenced duties with the centre as of early February. They bring extensive experience and knowledge in the area of distributed generation to the centre. Two Phd students, Md Aktarujjaman and Yin Chin Choo have accompanied them and commenced studies at the University of Wollongong.
Professor Vic Gosbell wins prestigious MA Sargent Medal
Professor Vic Gosbell's long term contribution to the electrical engineering industry has been recognised by the Colleges of Electrical Engineering and Information, Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering with the award of the MA Sargent Medal.
The M A Sargent Medal is the most prestigious award made by the Colleges of Electrical Engineering and Information, Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering. It is named in honour of Dr Michael Anthony (Mike) Sargent, an outstanding Australian electrical engineer and President of the Institution of Engineers, Australia in 1990.
Dr Sargent presented the 2007 Medal to Professor Vic Gosbell FIEAust, CPEng on the 6 June 2008, in recognition of his
leading role in setting up the benchmark for a national power quality and his valuable contributions in developing
technical innovative changes to the power industry including National Standards.
(Read the Engineers Australia Media Release)
New Staff Member
Chandrashekhar Bhende commenced duties with the centre in June. Welcome Chandra!
Aupec 06 Photo
New Agreement! New Name! The Integral Energy Power Quality Centre becomes the Integral Energy Power Quality & Reliability Centre.
On July 26th 2004 the CEO of Integral Energy Mr Richard Powis and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Wollongong Professor Gerard Sutton signed a new 3 year agreement to sponsor the Integral Energy Power Quality and Reliability Centre at the University of Wollongong. This new agreement expands the focus of the Centre into the area of Distribution System Reliability. The consequences of this were that the previous agreement with Integral Energy was terminated at the end of June 2003 and replaced with the new agreement which will fund a Senior Lecturer in the area of Reliability to complement the current Integral Energy lecturer, Dr. Duane Robinson.
Signing Ceremony Photographs