Increasing usage of renewable energy is a major focus worldwide. In spite of being abundant and freely available from nature, renewable sources like solar, wind individually have the intermittency problem. Microgrids are the solution to integrate the renewable energy source, energy storage system and local loads, which connected by power electronic devices. Hence, the design of an efficient, robust and optimal control method used in power electronic devices is an important part of the research of microgrids and green energy technologies. Thanks to the development of digital microprocessors, the increase in processing capabilities allow applications of the model predictive control. In this project, the photovoltaic and hybrid energy storage system will be controlled and coordinated based on the model predictive control. The test-bed at Power Systems Lab at Dept of ECSE, UoA would be used to experimentally validate the concept, and extend it further.
Students must consult the supervisor before bidding on the project.
Lab allocations have not been finalised