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Power engineers play a significant role in almost every aspect of a modern lifestyle. They work to ensure a safe, efficient and reliable supply and consumption of electricity.

They're the people responsible for planning, designing, constructing and operating the infrastructure that generates, transports, distributes and consumes electricity.

Without power engineers there would be no lights, TVs, computers, mobile phones or appliances. Today’s society would simply not know how to function without them.

Associate Professor Geoff Walker
Discipline Leader, Power Engineering

Our experts

Our discipline brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.

Explore our staff profiles to discover the amazing work our researchers are contributing to.

Meet our experts

Adjunct Associate Professor Jim Lyall
Adjunct Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Power Engineering,
School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Research field
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Our team of researchers specialise in advancing new technologies, new systems and exploring more efficient use of energy.

Work in our discipline covers:

  • distribution network analysis
  • modelling inverters in networks
  • signal processing
  • wide area control.

Our group focuses on projects in:

  • distribution planning
  • high voltage
  • power electronics and systems
  • superconducting.

We specialise in advancing energy efficiency through collaborations that bring together global expertise in:

  • energy delivery - local and national
  • integrated energy systems and modelling
  • power converters
  • renewable energy technologies.

Microgrid Facility

Our Microgrid Facility based on campus provides a practical, safe and efficient platform for new research and collaboration between those working in:

  • renewable energy
  • distributed generation
  • distributed storage
  • power systems
  • protection and safety
  • demand management
  • communications
  • power electronics.

Banyo Pilot Plant Precinct

Our Banyo Pilot Plant Precinct facility allows us to conduct research projects that require high-voltage, high-current testing and solar applications.

The long term goal of this project is to evaluate a superconducting propulsion unit on an Australian navy surface vessel in 2020.

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Power, Energy and Clean Technologies Seminar

Our monthly QUT Power, Energy and Clean Technologies (PECT) seminar series have been providing a very useful platform to promote research and technology advancements at the universities and within the industry for nearly a decade.

View our upcoming seminars


Supporting the successful deployment of resilient 'prosumer-based' energy systems

Project leader

Professor Gerard Ledwich



Project summary

The project aims to develop a new framework to support the successful deployment of resilient ‘prosumer-based’ energy systems. The increasing deployment of new energy technologies, such as solar photovoltaics, wind turbines, and battery and other energy storages, challenges the current operating regimes of energy systems.

The proposed framework explores ways to integrate new technology into existing systems, focusing on new methods of energy management with interactions with millions of devices and storage units, and real-time communications to devices.

Electrical network-costing framework to reward customers who act to reduce network stress

Project leader

Professor Gerard Ledwich



Project summary

The solution to the existing explosion in distribution network costs is to develop customer-responsive solutions in demand management and use of storage. The aim of this project is to develop a framework for network costs that is driven by local congestion and therefore would reward customer-responsive solutions.

Our vision is that the aggregator would provide customers with communications and control equipment to automate the changes in responsiveness so that customer-generated load shifting would act to limit peaks.

Improving battery management systems to smooth the intermittent contribution of renewable energy sources to the grid

Project leader

Professor Mahinda Vilathgamuwa



Project summary

As the level of penetration of renewable energy sources into electrical grids increases, energy storage will play an increasingly important role in solving some of the technical challenges caused by the intermittent nature of the renewable sources.

The existing design methods for grid-scale battery management systems do not take into consideration the degradation of the battery banks. Therefore we aim to fill this gap by developing an electrochemical-based, degradation-conscious, battery management system.

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