Centre for Smart Power and Energy Research

The Centre for Smart Power and Energy Research (CSPER) sits under the energy research theme within the School of Engineering. Our research addresses key components in developing new power grids including communications engineering, computer networks, information technology, cyber-physical systems and cybersecurity.

About us

The Australian resource sector is driving the local economy, and power and energy are the prime movers of its growth. Sustainable electrical energy generation has become a strategic objective in developing future power grids. As the grid needs to become smarter to handle new forms of generation and prosumers (consumers who also produce energy), integrating renewable energy sources to the power grid – in the form of microgrids – and developing new energy management systems are essential.

CSPER conducts research in three main areas: future power grid, renewable energy and energy storage, and cyber-physical energy systems.

Future power grid

This research area covers all aspects of research related to power grids of the future. These are different from conventional power grids due to the addition of distributed generators, microgrids, controllable loads, dynamic tariff structure and smart systems that give flexible access and control to customers. These additions need major adjustments in the way we carry out power system analysis, control, protection, and all aspects of operation and planning of power systems. Activities covered by this research area include:

  • power system dynamics, stability, control and protection
  • security assessment of the power grid in the presence of distributed generators and microgrids
  • power system economics
  • virtual power plants
  • microgrid systems as components of the power network
  • data-driven event-triggered control for microgrids and power systems
  • smart asset management
  • standards and policies.

Renewable energy and energy storage

The renewable energy and energy storage research area deals with research on wind, solar photovoltaic (PV), electric vehicle (EV) and energy storage technologies, and on-the-grid integration challenges to enhance the energy-efficiency, reliability and stability of the power grid. We focus on working with industry, community and government organisations to develop intelligent technologies and provide solutions to the emerging challenges for large-scale integration of renewable energy sources into the Australian power grid. Activities in this area include:

  • renewable and distributed energy systems
  • plug-in electric vehicle and energy storage
  • power electronics applications
  • ancillary services
  • renewable energy and EV integration, impact assessment.

Cyber-physical energy systems

Cyber-physical energy systems describe a specialisation of the cyber-physical system concept in which energy systems are transformed into intelligent energy networks. These systems provide the basis for the realisation of smart microgrids and smart grids. They combine components of the cyber world and the physical world to obtain a common goal and, through embedded computing systems, monitor and control the physical processes, often using a network core and feedback loops where the physical world affects the cyber system and vice versa.

This new concept integrates knowledge and engineering principles across the computational and engineering disciplines (e.g. networking, control, software, human interaction, learning theory), in order to support the current challenges in technology. The variety of possible interactions between computational systems and physical environments are at the heart of this new modelling paradigm. Activities in this research area include:

  • smart grid, cyber-physical modelling, cybersecurity
  • communications and networks for smart energy systems
  • big data, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, data analytics applications
  • demand response and demand side management
  • energy trading and transactive energy management.

Deakin Microgrid

Deakin is partnering with AusNet Services and Mondo Power to establish a renewable energy microgrid at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. The microgrid will consist of a 7 megawatt solar energy farm and storage system, a 0.25 megawatt distributed rooftop solar generation and storage system, and an associated research centre.

Find out more about the microgrid

Electrical and renewable energy facilities

Our electrical and renewable energy labs give students, researchers and staff the ability to conduct a wide range of tests in a controlled environment using state-of-the-art equipment and technologies.

Find out more about the High Voltage (HV) Lab
Find out more about the Renewable and AusNet Electrical Engineering Lab

Contact us

For more information about CSPER, please contact Professor Aman Oo or Associate Professor Nasser Hosseinzadeh.

Email Professor Oo
Email A/Prof Nasser Hosseinzadeh

If you're interested in undertaking research studies with us, please contact a member of our team listed above to discuss a potential topic of interest. You can also read our information about being a research degree student at Deakin.

Learn more about becoming a research degree student at Deakin