There has been a remarkably rapid growth in photovoltaic installations at a residential level in Australia and many other countries. In Australia, coupled with the rising peak power demand, the growth in PV installations pose significant technical and financial challenges to network operators. In addition, the rising PV generation has contributed to significant volatility in Australia's wholesale electricity market. Battery-based storage solutions are widely seen as potential solutions by consumers, network operators and retailers to facilitate grid integration of residential PV. Nevertheless, considering the high costs associated with battery storage systems it is essential to determine their best possible sizes, locations and real-time management strategies. Furthermore, the widely perceived economic and environmental benefits of rooftop PV and battery storage should be thoroughly examined and quantified for the economic and environmental performance of rooftop PV under Aus
This talk will summarise the renewable energy grid integration research activities of the Power and Energy Systems (PES) research group at the University of Queensland and present an overview of some of the recent results.
Rahul Sharma is a lecturer in Electrical Engineering at The University of Queensland (UQ) since 2011. He received his PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in The University of Melbourne in 2008. From 2008 to 2011 he was a post doctoral research fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Melbourne. Dr. Sharma is the recipient of the SAE-Australasia's Young Engineer of the Year 2010, Teaching Excellence Commendation by the Faculty of EAIT-UQ in 2014 and API and CIGRE-NGN best paper awards at the IEEE Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC) 2015. His research interests are in the fields control systems development and life cycle analyses with applications to automotive and renewable energy systems.