PhD scholarship: Electrical Control of Hybrid Power Plants Connected to Weak Grids


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,854 per annum (2022 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Opening date 2 November 2021
Closing date 17 November 2021


Supervisors - Professor Tapan Saha and Dr Ruifeng Yan

When wind speeds are high enough for wind power plants to produce maximum power, the weather is usually cloudy and solar PV is generating less than maximum power. This relation between typical wind and solar conditions together with large reduction of costs wind power, solar power and storage technologies are leading to new revolution in the renewable energy sector through the development of large wind-solar-storage based Hybrid Power Plants (HPPs). Australia is currently leading this development of HPPs with more than 8 GW of HPP developments in last few years. However, these HPPs are connected to power grids with limited connection capabilities. Therefore, the HPPs need to be efficiently controlled to provide stable and secured operation. Controlling HPPs become even more challenging if the HPPs are in the rural areas with high wind and solar resources, which are often far away from the load centers (large cities and industries). The grid is very weak in such rural areas because they are connected through a long electrical cable with limited capacity. This issue is particularly important in Australia where the distances are exceptionally long and the grids in the windy areas are often extremely weak. This project aims for developing models and methodologies by the PhD student for electrical control of HPPs for weak grids, which involves the following tasks:

  1. EMT modelling of converter-based generations (wind, solar, storage);
  2. EMT modelling of weak grid in Real-time Digital Simulator (RTDS);
  3. Assess interaction between converter-based generations and weak grid;
  4. Validation of converter-based generations EMT models at Technical University of Denmark(DTU) Hybrid Wind Power Plant (HWPP) research facility.

Research environment

This is a joint PhD scheme between University of Queensland (UQ) and Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The PhD student will be co-supervised by both UQ supervisors and DTU supervisors in the area of power and energy engineering. The UQ student will need to travel to Denmark and spend time in research in DTU. UQ will offer the state-of-the-art Renewable Energy Laboratory (both software and hardware) to support this research project. DTU will provide wind hardware equipment for this research as well. Supervisors from UQ and DTU are well-known in this field and have many years of PhD supervision experience.

University of Queensland academics know and understand the conditions in the Australian grid very well and is also experienced in modelling and control of solar power plants while DTU Wind Energy has more than 40 years of experience in the field of wind energy. Additionally, the models developed by the PhD student can be verified in high computing real-time digital simulation (RTDS) platform at the University of Queensland and validated and tested at the Hybrid Wind Power Plant (HWPP) Research facility, currently under development at DTU with Wind Energy connecting real wind turbines, solar PV, and storage. These complementary expertise and facilities demonstrate the vitality of the collaboration in terms of development and execution of this project.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

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To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

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When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘HYBRID-SAHAin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of renewable energy integration, power system analysis and power electronic converters would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of power engineering and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of modelling renewable energy dynamics is highly desirable.

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Professor Tapan Saha
+61 422 001 378
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A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.