Solar energy research publications

UQ electrical engineers regularly publish research papers drawn from data collected at UQ's unique suite of solar research facilities. Other research outputs are either in press or under way.

Published research

List of publications

2020

S. A. Pourmousavi, P. Wild, T. K. Saha, “Improving Predictability of Renewable Generation through Optimal Battery Sizing”, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, vol. 11, no 1, pp. 37-47, Jan. 2020.

F. Bai, R. Yan, T. K. Saha, D. Eghbal, “An excessive tap operation evaluation approach for unbalanced distribution networks with high PV penetration”, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 2020 (Early access).

L. Wang, R. Yan, F. Bai, T. K. Saha, K. Wang, “A distributed inter-phase coordination algorithm for voltage control with unbalanced PV integration in LV systems”, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 2020 (Early access).

D. Azuatalam,  A.C. Chapman and G. Verbic, “Probabilistic assessment of the impact of flexible loads under network tariffs in low voltage distribution networks,” Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy, 2020 (in press).

B. Wang, A.C. Chapman, G. Verbic and W. Xiao, “Enhanced Battery Controller for Inertia Support in Residential Microgrid based on Active Disturbance Rejection Control,” Electric Power Systems Research, 2020 (to appear),

Z. Rahimpour, A.C. Chapman, G. Verbic, “Actor-Critic Learning for Optimal Building Energy Management with Phase Change Materials,” Electric Power Systems Research, 2020 (to appear).

W. Tushar, T. K. Saha, C. Yuen, D. Smith, and H. V. Poor, “Peer-to-peer trading in electricity networks: An overview,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2020 (Early access).

W. Tushar, T. K. Saha, C. Yuen, T. Morstyn, N.-A. Masood, H. V. Poor, and R. Bean, “Grid influenced peer-to-peer energy trading,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 11, no 2, pp. 1407-1418, Mar. 2020.

W. Tushar, T. K. Saha, C. Yuen, M. I. Azim, T. Morstyn, H. V. Poor, D. Niyato, and R. Bean, “A coalition formation game framework for peer-to-peer energy trading,” Applied Energy, vol. 261, pp. 114436:1-114436:13, Mar. 2020.

M. I. Azim, W. Tushar, and T. K. Saha, “Investigating the impact of P2P trading on power losses in grid-connected networks with prosumers,” Applied Energy, vol. 263, pp. 1-11, Apr. 2020.

Y. Ma, D. Gebbran, A.C. Chapman and G. Verbic, “A Photovoltaic System Investment Game for Assessing Network Hosting Capacity Allocations,” Proc. of the ACM International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy), Melbourne, Australia, June 2020.

D. Gebbran , G. Verbic , A.C. Chapman, S. Mhanna. “Coordination of Prosumer Agents via Distributed Optimal Power Flow: an Edge Computing Hardware Prototype,” Proc. of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2020), Auckland, New Zealand, May 2020.

2019

A. Zhou, R. Yan and T. K. Saha, “Capacity and Control Strategy Design of Isolated Micro-grid with High Renewable Penetration”, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, paper accepted on 26th May, 2019.

J. Krata, and T. K. Saha, “Real-time coordinated voltage support with battery energy storage in a distribution grid equipped with medium-scale PV generation”, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Volume: 10, Issue 3, May 2019.

W. Tushar, T. K. Saha, C. Yuen, T. Morstyn, M. D. Culloch, H. V. Poor, and K. L. Wood, “A motivational game-theoretic approach for peer-to-peer energy trading in the smart grid,” Applied Energy, vol. 243, pp. 10-20, June 2019.

T. Aziz, N. A. Masood, S. R. Deeba, W. Tushar, and C. Yuen, “A methodology to prevent cascading contingencies using BESS in a renewable integrated microgrid,” International Journal of Electric Power and Energy Systems, vol. 110, pp. 737-746, Sept. 2019.

A. Dhoke, R. Sharma, and T. K. Saha, “An approach for fault detection and location in solar PV systems”, Solar Energy, vol. 194, pp. 197-208, Dec. 2019.

J. Wong, F. Bai, T. K. Saha, R. H.G. Tan, “Investigation on Power Generation Valley of Single-axis Tracking Arrays at a Solar PV Pant in Australia”, Proc. of the IEEE PES General Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 4-8 August 2019.

J. Wong, F. Bai, M. H. B. Khairudin, R. H.G. Tan, “Investigation on Power Generation Valley of Single-axis Tracking Arrays at a Solar PV Pant in Australia”, Proc. of the IEEE PES International Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference-Asia (ISGT-Asia), Chengdu, China, 21-24 May 2019.

2018

F. Bai, R. Yan, T. K. Saha and D. Eghbal, “A New Remote Tap Position Estimation Approach for Open-Delta Step-Voltage Regulator in a Photovoltaic Integrated Distribution Network”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 4433-4443, July, 2018.

L. Wang, F. Bai, R. Yan and T. K. Saha, “Real-Time Coordinated Voltage Control of PV Inverters and Energy Storage for Weak Networks with High PV Penetration”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 3383-3395, May, 2018.

L. Wang, R. Yan and T. K. Saha, “Voltage Management for Large Scale PV Integration into Weak Distribution Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 9, No. 5, pp. 4128-4139, September, 2018.

R. Yan, Y. Li, T. K. Saha, L. Wang and M. I. Hossain, “Modelling and Analysis of Open-Delta Step Voltage Regulators for Unbalanced Distribution Network with Photovoltaic Power Generation”, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 2224-2234, May, 2018.

A. Dhoke, R. Sharma and T. K. Saha, “PV Module Degradation Analysis and Impact on settings of Overcurrent Protection devices”, Solar Energy, vol. 160, pp 360-367, Jan. 2018.

S. A. Pourmousavi and T.k. Saha. “Evaluation of the battery operation in ramp-rate control mode within a PV plant: a case study”, Solar Energy, 166 242-254. 2018.

W. Tushar, T. K. Saha, C. Yuen, P. Liddell, R. Bean, and H. V. Poor, “Peer-to-peer energy trading with sustainable user participation: A game theoretic approach,” IEEE Access, vol. 6, pp. 62932-62943, Oct. 2018.

W. Tushar, C. Yuen, H. Mohsenian-Rad, T. K. Saha, H. V. Poor, and K. L. Wood, “Transforming energy networks via peer-to-peer energy trading: Potential of game theoretic approach” IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, vol. 35, no 5, pp. 100-110, Sept. 2018.

W. Tushar, N. Wijerathne, W.-T. Li, C. Yuen, H. V. Poor, T. K. Saha, and K. L. Wood, “IoT for green building management: Disruptive innovations through low-cost sensor technology and artificial intelligence,” IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, vol. 35, no 5, pp. 100-110, Sept. 2018.

W.-T. Li, K. Thirugnanam, W. Tushar, C. Yuen, C. K. Tiang, and S. Tai, “Improving the operation of solar water heating systems in green buildings via optimized control strategies,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, vol. 14, no 4, pp. 1646-1655, Apr. 2018.

S. A. Pourmousavi, P. Wild, F. Bai, R. Yan, T. K. Saha and D. Eghbal, “Learning from a 3.275 MW Utility-Scale PV Plant Project: Update and New Remarks”, Proc. of the CIGRE Paris Conference, Paris, France, Aug., 2018.

F. Bai, R. Yan and T. K. Saha, “Impact of Power Fluctuations on Voltage Variations for Remote Distribution Networks with High PV Penetrations”, Proc. of the IEEE PES General Meeting, Portland, OR, USA, Aug., 2018.

2017

J. Krata, T. K. Saha and R. Yan, “Model-Driven Real-Time Control Coordination for Distribution Grids with Medium-Scale Photovoltaic Generation”, IET Renewable Power Generation, Vol. 11, No. 12, pp. 1603-1612, Nov. 2017.

F. Bai, R. Yan and T. K. Saha, “Variability Study of a Utility-scale PV Plant in the Fringe of Grid, Australia”, Proc. of the Innovative Smart Grid Technologies-Asia (ISGT-Asia), Auckland, New Zealand, Dec., 2017.

A. Dhoke, A. Mengede, “Challenges to overcurrent protection devices in PV array during winter and low irradiation conditions in Australia”, Proc. of the Innovative Smart Grid Technologies-Asia (ISGT-Asia), Auckland, New Zealand, Dec., 2017.

A. Dhoke, A. Mengede, “Degradation Analysis of PV Modules Operating in Australian Environment”, Proc. of the Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC), Melbourne, Australia, Nov., 2017.

M. M. Hasan, S. A. Pourmousavi, F. Bai, T. K. Saha, “The Impact of Temperature on Battery Degradation for Large-Scale BESS in PV Plant”, Proc. of the Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC), Melbourne, Australia, Nov., 2017.

L. Wang, R. Yan and T. K. Saha, “Voltage Regulation for Distribution Systems with Unequal PV Integration in Different Feeders”, Proc. of the IEEE PES General Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA, 2017.

2016

R. Yan, T. K. Saha, P. Meredith, A. Ananth and M. I. Hossain, “Megawatt-Scale Solar Variability Study: An Experience from a 1.2MWp Photovoltaic System in Australia over Three Years”, IET Renewable Power Generation, Vol. 10, No. 8, pp. 1229-1236, Sept., 2016.

M. I. Hossain, R. Yan and T. K. Saha, “Investigation of the Interaction between Step Voltage Regulators and Large-scale Photovoltaic Systems Regarding Voltage Regulation and Unbalance”, IET Renewable Power Generation, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 299-309, Mar., 2016.

M. J. E. Alam, R. Yan, T. K. Saha, A. Chidurala and D. Eghbal, “Learning from a 3.275 MW Utility Scale PV Plant Project”, Proc. of the CIGRE Paris Conference. Paris, France, Aug., 2016.

A. Dhoke, R. Sharma and T. K. Saha, “Condition monitoring of a large-scale PV power plant in Australia”, Proc. of the IEEE PES General Meeting (PESGM), Boston, USA, July 2016

A. Dhoke, A. Mengede, “UV radiation effect on anti-reflection coating module degradation in Australia”, Proc. of the Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC), Brisbane, Australia, Sept. 2016.

2015

M. J. E. Alam, R. Yan, and T. K. Saha, “Desirable Control Features of Battery Energy Storage Systems for Commercial Scale Solar PV Plants”, Proc. of the IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Nov., 2015.

J. Krata, R. Yan, and T. K. Saha, “MV Grid Conventional Control in the Presence of a Large Scale Photovoltaic System”, Proc. of the IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Nov., 2015.

M. I. Hossain, R. Yan, T. K. Saha and V. Garrone, “A study on the voltage sensitivity of LVABC and underground cable connected distribution networks”, Proc. of the IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Nov., 2015.

J. Krata, T. K. Saha and R. Yan, “Large Scale Photovoltaic System and Its Impact on Distribution Network in Transient Cloud Conditions”, Proc. of the IEEE PES General Meeting, Denver, Colorado, USA, July, 2015.


Projects under way

Dr Wayes Tushar    
Peer-to-Peer energy trading schemes for sustainable cities.

Dr Wen Hua
Machine learning, data analytics, and knowledge management for microgrid data.

Dr Feifei Bai
High-precision Condition Monitoring of Critical Equipment in Modern Distribution Networks

With more solar photovoltaic integration into distribution networks, there has been an acceleration in electrical equipment ageing. This project aims to provide a cost-effective way to monitor and predict equipment conditions by leveraging big data measured via partner’s high-precision Distribution Phasor Measurement Units (D-PMUs). Using laboratory experimentation and advanced machine learning techniques to distill signatures of equipment conditions, the project will provide an online early-warning system to prevent impending failures. The outcome will deliver an innovative condition monitoring tool, which will strengthen the reliability of Queensland distribution networks, reduce electricity cost and achieve Queensland’s 50% renewable energy target by 2030.

Past projects

Dr Ali Pourmousavi Kani
Temperature-Aware Battery Operation

Batteries are delicate and expensive assets where the charge/discharge regime and idle conditions determine the battery lifetime. In particular, Li-Ion battery technologies are sensitive to the operating temperature. Any charge/discharge activities can raise the cell temperature, which further degrades battery at a higher rate. In this project, the ultimate goal is to design an optimal operation strategy which accounts for battery temperature variation and resultant degradation. To do so, we will create a thermal model of battery in a container considering the ambient effect and forced ventilation. Then, we quantify the rate of degradation versus the internal battery temperature. Finally, every charge/discharge current will be examined against the proposed model in an optimisation problem to justify its economic value for the overall plant operation.  Objectives and alignment with strategic priorities: To improve the economic benefit of battery operation in PV plants which further facilitates larger integration of PV generation to the major grid.

Dr Hina Khan    
Data management, exploration and visualization for smart energy grid.