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Analysis of weather and electricity prices for solar thermal power applications

Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a technology that utilises mirrors (heliostats) to focuses the sun’s rays on a solar receiver to provide heat that can be stored and used for electricity generation.Control and planning of the use of stored energy would greatly benefit from a detailed understanding of the statistical characteristics of:direct solar irradiation (DNI)other weather variables (e.g. dust in air)electricity prices on the real-time market.The aim of this project will be to develop suitable statistical models that will enable …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

How do information systems contribute to greening the planet

Due to the current climate crisis, information systems (IS) are increasingly asked to not only support economic goals but also to promote environmentally sustainable behaviours.The advocated role for these “green IS” is that they enable practices and processes with improved environmental performance. An example can include facilitating the distribution of renewable energy sources.Knowledge about how exactly information systems can carry out this role. However, this knowledge is nascent, emergent, and incomplete.Some studies have:investigated factors that influence organisational adoption of green …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Information Systems
Research centre(s)

Control of concentrating solar thermal power plants

Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a technology that utilises mirrors (heliostats) to focus the sun’s rays on a solar receiver. This provides heat for a power generation cycle, creating thermal energy.Control of the heat transfer fluid temperature in the solar receiver is crucial for the efficient use/storage of thermal energy and to minimise the degradation of the receiver. The aim of this project is to design controllers for the heat transfer fluid pumps and the heliostats using a previously developed …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Comparison of output from collocated solar systems of different technology

Solar panel efficiency is calculated using standardised testing conditions, allowing like-for-like comparison of systems under the same conditions. However, data collected over a three year period from two collocated solar systems of different technologies are showing unexpected results. The most efficient system's yearly output is comparatively lower. Initial data analysis explains some differences from the operational conditions, but further investigation is required.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Digital twin of a lab-scale renewable hydrogen facility

Both a laboratory-scale renewable hydrogen facility and a digital twin, also known as a digital replica, are being developed at QUT's Gardens Point campus.The laboratory-scale facility interconnects low-power renewable energy sources to supply a set of electrolysers and produce hydrogen as a 'green fuel'.The facility's digital twin will use real-time data and analytical dynamic models to optimise the operation of the plant, including the production of hydrogen.The proposed project aims to evaluate a range of software systems that will enable …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Metal polymer batteries and supercapacitors for renewable energy storage

Australia boasts rich wind and solar energy resources. To avoid fluctuations placing severe burden on the power grids, a reliable and efficient battery storage is required.The present technology based on lithium-ion batteries suffers from high manufacturing costs, poor safety and short life-span. Metal-polymer batteries are expected to overcome the storage and the charging speed of the traditional batteries in the near future, opening new avenues for renewable energy resources …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science
Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

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