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August 2017

Staff appointments

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.

June 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.

Staff appointments

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.

March 2017

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.

February 2017

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.

November 2016

Staff appointments

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.

September 2016

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.

August 2016

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.

July 2016

Congratulations to Dr Yin Chin Choo

Photo of Dr Yin Chin Choo at her PhD graduation

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.

June 2016

APQRC award for highest grade in Power Engineering 1

Photo of ECTE222 student Obaidur Rahman receiving APQRC Prize from Associate Professor Phil Ciufo

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.

May 2016

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.

February 2016

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.

2015

December 2015

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

The Centre wishes all graduates success in their new or continuing careers in the power industry.

October 2015

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.

September 2015

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.

August 2015

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.

July 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.

Dr Sweeting is the second MA Sargent Medal award recipient from the APQRC, with Emeritus Professor Vic Gosbell being the 2007 MA Sargent Medal winner.

May 2015

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)

April 2015

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.

March 2015

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.

February 2015

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

The Call for Papers for AUPEC 2015 - Challenges for Future Grids - is now available. Please note that the paper submission system closes on 30 April 2015. See also the guidelines for authors.

January 2015

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.

2014

November 2014

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.

October 2014

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.

September 2014

Seminar: Fault Current Limiter (FCL) Application in Wind Turbines

APQRC 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.

August 2014

SBRC Official Opening

APQRC staff at SBRC 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:

June 2014

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.

April 2014

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)

March 2014

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.

January 2014

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.

Read about APQRC capabilities and consulting services.

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

Read more about the full range of consulting services provided by APQRC and explore APQRC capabilities.

2013

December 2013

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...

November 2013

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.

October 2013

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

September 2013

'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).

August 2013

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.

June 2013

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.

Dr Barr is a visiting professorial fellow of the University of Wollongong (UOW) and founder and Director of Electric Power Consulting Pty Ltd.

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 (LTNPQS) 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.

May 2013

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)

April 2013

CIGRE WG C4.111 Meeting held in Wollongong

From 25-28 March 2013 the EEPQRC and UOW hosted a meeting of the CIGRÉ Working Group C4.111 (Review of LV and MV Compatibility Levels for Voltage Fluctuation). The meeting was attended by

Welcome to the Pen - EEPQRC Newsletter

The Pen 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).

2012

December 2012

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 Australia

EEPQRC 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."

November 2012

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 industry.
See also this news story on the UOW web site.

October 2012

'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)

September 2012

Consulting & Training Services

Take 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.

July 2012

Congratulations graduates!

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.

Sean Elphick Graduation Photo Nishad Mendis Graduation Photo Kai Zhou Graduation Photo Nishad Mendis & parents Graduation Photo

June 2012

ICHQP 2012

EEPQRC staff members Sarath Perera, Robert Barr, Danny Sutanto, Phil Ciufo, Sean Elphick, and PhD student Kun Zhao attended ICHQP 2012 in Hong Kong from 17-20 June 2012.

ICHQP 2012 Photo 1 ICHQP 2012 Photo 2 ICHQP 2012 Photo 3 ICHQP 2012 Photo 4 ICHQP 2012 Photo 5

Papers presented by EEPQRC staff members included:

  • Impact of Wind Generator Control Strategies on Flicker Emission in Distribution Networks
  • Comparison of Methodologies for Assessment of Harmonic Current Emission Limits for Large Installations Connected to LV Networks
  • Voltage unbalance management in power systems based on IEC 61000-3-13:2008: implications on the use of 'kuE factor'
  • Induction Motors Subject to Regular Voltage Fluctuations: Stator and Rotor Current Analysis from a Heating Perspective
  • Characteristics of Power Quality Disturbance Levels in Australia
  • New Concepts for Steady State Voltage Standards
  • Application of Multi-agent System for Preventing Power Interruption in a Large Power System
  • SAX-based Decomposition of Non-Stationary Power Quality Waveforms

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.

May 2012

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:

  • Solar PV cell technology
  • Solar inverter technology
  • Standards
  • Solar PV network integration
Download flyer (PDF 390 Kb)

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)

March 2012

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.

2011

November 2011

'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.

Voltage Support for High Penetration of DG seminar photo

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.

Small Scale Solar PV Integration Forum photo

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.

October 2011

'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.

September 2011

'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)

August 2011

'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.

Workshop Photo 1 Workshop Photo 2 Workshop Photo 3 Workshop Photo 4 Workshop Photo 5

ICHQP 2012

ICHQP Logo

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.

July 2011

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).

June 2011

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.

Awards ceremony photo

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)

March 2011

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)

January 2011

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.

See also the UOW Course Handbook for additional information on the masters course, or for the graduate certificate course. To join the course Apply Online.

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
Email: pqrc

2010

September 2010

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

  • Classification of Power Quality Disturbances using the Hilbert Huang Transform
  • Clustering of Harmonic Monitoring Data using Data Mining
  • The Australian Long Term Power Quality Survey Project Update
  • Monitoring Intelligent Distribution Power Systems - a Power Quality Plan
  • A Review of Recent Investigations with Reference to IEC/TR 61000-3-13 on Voltage Unbalance Emission Allocation
  • Introducing Power System Voltage Droop as a New Concept for Harmonic Current Allocation
  • Harmonic Allocation Following IEC Guidelines Using the Voltage Droop Concept
  • Laboratory Investigation of the Input Current Characteristics of Modern Domestic Appliances for Varying Supply Voltage Conditions
  • Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitor Lifetime Analysis under Voltage Fluctuations

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.

July 2010

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

Signing ceremony photo

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)

February 2010

CIGRE/CIRED JWG meetings

From 8-11 February 2010, the IEPQRC hosted CIGRE/CIRED JWG C4.108 and C4.109 meetings. These were attended by:

  • Professor Mark Halpin, Auburn University, USA, Convenor C4.108
  • Dr Emmanuel De Jaeger, Laborelec, Belgium, Convenor C4.109
  • Dr Xavier Yang, EDF R&D, France
  • Dr Francisc Zavoda, IREQ, Canada
  • Professor Herwig Renner, Technical University, Graz, Austria
  • Professor Igor Papic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Dr Zia Emin, National Grid, UK
  • Dr Rong Cai, CEPRI, China
  • Assoc. Professor Sarath Perera, University of Wollongong, Australia
Photo of CIGRE/CIRED meeting attendees

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

2009

December 2009

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.

2008

February 2008

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.

June 2008

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!

2007

May 2007

  • The IEPQRC has commissioned our new arbitrary waveform generator. This is a 30KVA (150V - 300V RMS L-N) device capable of producing output waveforms containing user defined levels of harmonics and other power quality disturbances. The device also allows transient and sag and swell generation and has an arbitrary waveform programming function. IEC61000 series equipment immunity testing firmware is also built in. For more details on the specifications of this device see the MX Programmable Power Source Analyzer flyer. This device greatly adds to the equipment testing capabilities of the centre.

2006

January 2006

  • A Reliability Research Seminar was held. This seminar was addressed by industry and centre speakers and was attended by participants from all eastern states

February 2006

  • Tim Browne commenced duties with the IEPQRC

March 2006

  • Vic Gosbell attended CIGRE Joint Working Group and IEC WG8 meetings in Knoxville, USA

April 2006

  • Danny Sutanto commenced his appointment as Professor of Power Engineering

June 2006

  • Wickrama Keerthipala has commenced as Senior Lecturer focussing on Reliability
  • Staff from the IEPQRC delivered an Advanced Power Quality Course for the EEA in Auckland NZ
  • The NZ EEA held it's annual conference in Auckland NZ. Vic Gosbell delivered a paper by centre staff
  • The end of June saw delivery of the centre's basic power quality course to a record number of attendees

July 2006

  • Tim Browne represented the Centre at the Australian Panel meeting of the CIGRE C4 committee in Melbourne.

August 2006

  • A successful PSCAD/EMTDC simulation workshop presented by staff of the Manitoba HVDC Centre was held. The workshop attracted some 30 attendees.
  • Technical Note #9 dealing with transients was published.

September 2006

  • Tim Browne attended Paris Session of the CIGRE meeting. He presented a special report on contributions to transmission system harmonics work/power quality indices.
  • Ian Kennedy, a former electrical engineering graduate from the University of Wollongong, was awarded the NHP Young Power Engineer of the year award.

October 2006

  • ICHQP 2006 was held in Portugal. The conference was attended by Sarath Perera, Ahsan Latheef, Sankika Tennakoon and Robert Barr. 4 papers from the centre were presented. Sarath Perera gave a short presentation at the closing ceremony about ICHQP 2008 which will be held at the University of Wollongong.
  • Sarath Perera was an invited speaker at the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka, Centenary Year International Seminar. The seminar theme was 'Power Quality Benchmarking'

December 2006

  • AUPEC 2006 was held in Melbourne. The centre was represented by 3 staff, Vic Gosbell, Sarath Perera and Sean Elphick and 2 students, Ahsan Latheef and Prabodha Paranavithana. Ahsan, Probodha and Sean presented well received papers and Vic Gosbell was one of 5 experts for a panel session on Australian energy resourcing, education and employment. In a great result for the Probodha and the IEPQRC Probodha took out third place in the best student paper award

    Aupec 06 Photo

    AUPEC 06

2005

January 2005

  • Two of our students (Ashley Carr and Karthic Rajaraman) completed their summer projects with PQRC. Topics: Waveform generator upgrade study, Performance of tariff meters under fluctuating supply conditions
  • Sankika Tennakoon returned after trialling a new programme where PhD students spend some time with Integral Energy every year. This procedure has proved to be a real success, with a critical study of capacitor switching impact on the Integral system being undertaken.
  • Vic Gosbell was invited to give a talk on methodology of predicting power engineering supply/demand at a Human Resources conference in July.
  • Vic Gosball was invited to give keynote address at AUPEC 2005 in September.

Febraury 2005

  • Duane Robinson attended a workshop on "Integrating wind into electricity grids" at UNSW
  • Vic Gosbell gave an invited lecture on PQ standards at the residential school on power engineering held at UNSW
  • Vic Gosbell gave an invited talk at EESA Power Engineering Manpower Seminar in Adelaide
  • Vic Gosbell gave an invited talk at IBC Recruitment, Training and Retention for the Power Sector conference in Sydney

March 2005

  • Vic Gosbell presented a Power Engineering manpower requirements presentation in Sydney.
  • Vic Gosbell attended Standards Australia Equipment Sag immunity Sub-committee.
  • Vic Gosbell was invited speaker at an EESA Power Engineering Manpower Requirements Seminar in Perth.
  • Vic Gosbell was invited speaker at EESA Forum Basslink & Beyond Seminar in Perth.
  • Vic Gosbell & Robert Barr hosted a visit from Integral Energy & Energy Australia to report on the results of the Long Term National Power Quality Survey (LTNPQS). A presentation on reliability was given on the same day by an ENA representative from Energy Australia.
  • IEPQRC has been invited to give prize-winning paper on air conditioners and their impact on the supply system at the New Zealand Electric Energy Association Conference in Auckland, - Liane Moller who carried out the experimental work is to present the paper.
  • The IEPQRC is to host the next CIGRE C4 Seminar and Meeting.

April 2005

  • Prof. Vic Gosbell and Dr. Sarath Perera awarded Vice Chancellor's award for excellence in research supervision.

May 2005

  • Nomination for Prime Minister's Award (Longevity Category) was submitted for relationship between the University of Wollongong and Integral Energy via the Power Quality and Reliability Centre.
  • Prof. Vic Gosbell was invited to participate in Education Workshop at AUPEC in September 2005
  • Prof. Vic Gosbell, Dr. Sarath Perera and Dr. Duane Robinson conducted a course for County Energy staff on flicker and harmonic standards.
  • A bid was submitted for the University of Wollongong to host the 13th ICHQP (International Conference Harmonics and Quality of Power) in 2008.

July 2005

  • CIGRE C4 (system technical performance) committee meeting and seminar "PQ developments in Australasia" held at University of Wollongong
  • Vic Gosbell was invited to the joint Energy Australia/DEUS (Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability) meeting to discuss the issue of equipment emission standards

August 2005

  • Sarath Perera gave a seminar at Alberta University to its Power engineering group about R & D activities of IEPQRC
  • Sarath Perera visited Manitoba HVDC research centre to discuss the progress on collaborative simulation projects

September 2005

  • Vic Smith attended Australian Panel of CIGRE C6 in Perth
  • Vic Gosbell, Duane Robinson, Sankika Tenakoon, Tim Browne and John Braun attended AUPEC 2005 in Hobart. Vic Gosbell presented a key note address as well as a tutorial
  • Scott Abbott, a university of wollongong student supervised by Dr Duane Robinson received the ACPE/API award for thesis project for his work in relation to superconducting fault current application in distribution systems

October 2005

  • Vic Gosbell gave presentations at EESA Power Engineering Manpower Shortage seminars in Melbourne and Hobart

November 2005

  • Vic Gosbell attended IEC WG8 meeting in London
  • Vic Gosbell attended CIGRE-CIRED JWG C4.1.03 in London working on development of international PQ standards
  • 2005 Standards Australia Award for outstanding service to standardization in the Building, Utilities and Business sector awarded to Vic Gosbell
  • Vic Gosbell awarded Conway Prize for best member paper at EESA annual conference for paper "Operational aspects of pfc capacitors at zone substations" by Vic Gosbell, Sean Elphick, Sarath Perera and Neil Browne

2004

August 2004

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

Signing Ceremony 1 Signing Ceremony 2

September 2004

  • IEEE PES ICHQP2004 at Lake Placid in USA, Sarath Perera and John Braun attended. 3 papers were presented and well received.
  • Integral Energy Customer Consultative Committee visit to IEPQRC. Vic Smith and Duane Robinson gave talks to the committee.
  • AUPEC04 in Brisbane, 6 papers were presented, Vic Gosbell, Sean Elphick, Ali Asheibi, Dejan Markovic and Sankika Tenakoon attended

AUPEC Photographs

AUPEC 1 AUPEC 2 AUPEC 3

October 2004

  • Sarath Perera commenced a series of lectures for masters students at UNSW

November 2004

  • Sarath Perera concluded lectures for masters students at UNSW
  • 2003/2004 Long Term National Power Quality Survey Final Reports were prepared
  • Electricity Network Association (ENA) Power Quality working group meeting in Canberra attended by Vic Gosbell

December 2004

  • Vic Gosbell was invited to give seminars held in Brisbane on Dec 14 and Townsville on Dec 15 on the findings of a report which Vic Gosbell and Duane Robinson completed for Engineers Australia on future power engineering manpower requirements. It is planned to run the seminar at other capital cities in 2005.
  • Sarath Perera gave a series of lectures on PQ at UNSW to a group of visiting engineers from the Zhejiang Provincial Power Company of China
  • Two summer scholars commenced work with the centre. One is working on the effect of rapid load variation on energy measurement meter, the other on a upgrading the waveform generator.
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