About Us

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The Australian Power Quality & Reliability Centre (APQRC) at the University of Wollongong, Australia, is a nationally and internationally recognised centre of excellence which supports research, education and consulting in distribution and transmission system power quality, reliability and renewable energy systems.

The Power Quality & Reliability Centre was established in 1996 through a joint agreement between the University of Wollongong and Integral Energy. Since then industry has continued to support the Power Quality & Reliability Centre contributing more than $4 million of sponsorship funds.

The focus of the APQRC is to work in conjunction with industry to improve the quality and reliability of electricity supply for the benefit of all consumers. This focus is achieved through education (undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing), research and consulting activities. APQRC staff are active on a number of peak industry bodies and standards organisations. These include Standards Australia, IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems) working groups and the Energy Network Association (ENA).

Contact

Mr Sean Elphick

Australian Power Quality & Reliability Centre

University of Wollongong

Northfields Avenue, Wollongong

NSW 2522 Australia

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Web:

+61 2 42214737

+61 2 42213236

www.elec.uow.edu.au/apqrc

Consulting

The expertise of the APQRC is made available to industry to provide advice and power quality consultancy services. The APQRC has extensive power quality consulting experience and has been engaged by some of Australia's largest manufacturing companies and electricity utilities.

The APQRC provides expert advice and consulting in the following specific areas:

Power Quality

  • Investigation and resolution of power quality problems
  • Power quality monitoring for compliance with standards and regulations including harmonic and flicker studies
  • Harmonic and flicker allocation and planning level studies
  • Voltage sag studies
  • Interpretation and implementation of power quality standards
  • Routine power quality monitoring
  • Power quality data compression, analysis and reporting
  • General power monitoring
  • Equipment power quality immunity testing to national and international standards
  • Conducted electromagnetic interference (EMI)

Reliability

  • Distribution system reliability

Distributed Generation

  • Renewable energy systems integration and power quality

Client list

The Centre has provided consultancy services to the following organisations:

  • Agility
  • AGL
  • Alinta
  • Aurora Energy
  • Ausgrid (formerly EnergyAustralia)
  • Australia Post
  • BHP Billiton
  • Blue Circle Southern Cement
  • Bluescope Steel
  • Boyne Smelters
  • Bradken
  • CHK Engineering
  • Country Energy
  • Endeavour Energy (formerly Integral Energy)
  • Energex
  • Ergon Energy
  • esaa
  • Genesis Energy (NZ)
  • Incitec
  • Metal Manufacturers
  • NSW Fair Trading
  • Powercor
  • Powerlink
  • Qenos
  • Rheem Australia
  • SA Power Networks (formerly ETSA)
  • SP AusNet
  • Standards Australia
  • Telstra
  • Transend Networks
  • TransGrid
  • Tycan Australia
  • United Energy
  • Western Power

Training

The APQRC runs regular training courses. These courses include:

  • Technically detailed courses in the areas of power quality, reliability, energy efficiency and renewable energy for professional engineers and technical staff.
  • Awareness courses for senior management.
  • Review courses for engineering managers.

Upcoming courses are:

Energy Storage Course

This course will mainly focus on battery energy storage applications covering the following topics:

  • Battery energy storage technologies.
  • Technical, economic and regulatory drivers for large-scale energy storage systems.
  • Battery management systems.
  • Grid support functionality and integration issues of battery energy storage systems.
  • Standards and codes for energy storage systems.
  • Impacts of energy storage on network quality of supply.

29-30 November 2018, University of Wollongong

Energy Storage Course (490 KB)

By attending the course, you will gain knowledge and skills to assist you to:

  • Appreciate different battery energy storage technologies and their relative advantages and disadvantages.
  • Have a systematic understanding of the capabilities of battery energy storage systems and how they should be designed.
  • Understand battery management systems and their importance.
  • Gain knowledge of guidelines and standards for integration of energy storage systems into electricity grid.
  • Gain a practical understanding of various power quality problems associated with energy storage systems.

Who should attend?

Any individual who is interested or requires better understanding of the capabilities of battery energy storage systems, their advantages and disadvantages and how they can best be integrated into the electricity networks of the future .

Registration

To register please click on the link below:

https://uow.onestopsecure.com/OneStopWeb/EnergyStorageCourse

For further enquiries please contact Ms Raina Lewis at the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre, University of Wollongong, (02) 4221 3335, or