The Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC) is pleased to report a number of recent funding successes. Headlining this is the award of a $675,000 project funded by the Energy Networks Association of Australia. This project, to be undertaken over an 18 month period, will examine methods that can be used to better control voltage levels in low voltage electricity networks. Better control of voltage levels allows better integration of renewable energy resources such as solar PV by reducing technical constraints. In this way, the project may also identify methods which will allow scope for higher levels of solar PV to be installed.The APQRC was also successful in securing a competitive tender to undertake commercial research examining the performance of household appliances at varying input voltage levels. If electricity network operators are able to supply households with a wider range of voltages this has the potential to defer costly network upgrades and also to maximise the capacity of networks to absorb distributed generation. The work, to be undertaken for Western Power, is expected to be completed by December this year.

The above two projects are evidence of how the APQRC is making a significant practical contribution to facilitating the transition of our electricity supply systems from centralised predominately fossil fuel sources to dispersed renewable energy. The projects are also contributing to active steps that may be able to be taken to manage the costs of electricity.

APQRC Welcome New Honorary Staff

The APQRC is very pleased to Welcome Mr Albert Pors as an Honorary Fellow of the University. As an alumnus of the University, Albert is the Power Quality and Reliability Planning Manager at Endeavour Energy. In this role, Albert is responsible for the development of strategies and programs to manage and improve network reliability and power quality performance. This includes managing the integration of increasing amounts of distributed energy resources (DER) on Endeavour’s network by implementing voltage compliance and control improvement initiatives. He also has oversight of the development of network planning models, covering sub-transmission to low voltage, to enable various simulation studies to be performed. Albert brings a wealth of directly relatable industry insight and experience to the APQRC and we are very much looking forward to continuing our activities with him.