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

      (i) Journal Articles

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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, Special Section on ‘Enabling Very High Penetration Renewable Energy Integration into Future Power Systems’ Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 3383-3395, May, 2018.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. S. A. Pourmousavi, P. Wild, T. K. Saha, “Improving Predictability of Renewable Generation through Optimal Battery Sizing”, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, online early access (DOI10.1109/TSTE.2018.2883424).
  8. A. Dhoke, R. Sharma and T. K. Saha, PV Module Degradation Analysis and Impact on String Overcurrent Protection Settings, Elsevier Solar Energy Journal, vol. 160, pp 360-367, Jan. 2018.
  9. 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.
  10. 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, November, 2017.
  11. 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, September, 2016.
  12. 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, March, 2016.

    (ii) Conference Papers
     
  13. 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”, 2019 IEEE PES General Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 4-8 August 2019.
  14. 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”, 2019 IEEE PES ISGT, Chengdu, China, 21-24 May 2019.
  15. 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”, Proceedings of the CIGRE Paris Conference 2018, Paris, France, 26th – 31st August, 2018.
  16. F. Bai, R. Yan and T. K. Saha, “Impact of Power Fluctuations on Voltage Variations for Remote Distribution Networks with High PV Penetrations”, Proceedings of the IEEE PES General Meeting 2018, Portland, OR, USA, 5th – 10th August, 2018.
  17. F. Bai, R. Yan and T. K. Saha, “Variability Study of a Utility-scale PV Plant in the Fringe of Grid, Australia”, Proceedings of the Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT Asia 2017), Auckland, New Zealand, 4th – 7th December, 2017.
  18. A. Dhoke, A. Mengede, “Challenges to overcurrent protection devices in PV array during winter and low irradiation conditions in Australia”, Proceedings of the Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT Asia 2017), Auckland, New Zealand, 4th – 7th December, 2017.
  19. A. Dhoke, A. Mengede, Degradation Analysis of PV Modules Operating in Australian Environment, Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC), Melbourne, Australia, Nov. 19-22, 2017.
  20. 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”, AUPEC, Melbourne, Australia, Nov. 19-22, 2017
  21. L. Wang, R. Yan and T. K. Saha, “Voltage Regulation for Distribution Systems with Unequal PV Integration in Different Feeders”, Proceedings of the IEEE PES General Meeting 2017, Chicago, IL, USA, 16th – 20th July, 2017.
  22. 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”, Proceedings of the CIGRE Paris Conference 2016, Paris, France, 21st – 26th August, 2016.
  23.  A. Dhoke, R. Sharma and T. K. Saha, Condition monitoring of a large-scale PV power plant in Australia, IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM), Boston, USA, 2016
  24. A. Dhoke, A. Mengede, UV radiation effect on anti-reflection coating module degradation in Australia, Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC), Brisbane, Australia, 2016.
  25. M. J. E. Alam, R. Yan, and T. K. Saha, “Desirable Control Features of Battery Energy Storage Systems for Commercial Scale Solar PV Plants”, Proceedings of the IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference 2015 (APPEEC), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 15-18 November, 2015.
  26. J. Krata, R. Yan, and T. K. Saha, “MV Grid Conventional Control in the Presence of a Large Scale Photovoltaic System”, Proceedings of the IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference 2015 (APPEEC), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 15-18 November, 2015.
  27. 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”, Proceedings of the IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference 2015 (APPEEC), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 15-18 November, 2015.
  28. J. Krata, T. K. Saha and R. Yan, “Large Scale Photovoltaic System and Its Impact on Distribution Network in Transient Cloud Conditions”, Proceedings of the IEEE PES General Meeting 2015, Denver, Colorado, USA, 26-30 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.