Access to electricity in poorer countries has begun to accelerate, energy efficiency continues to improve, and renewable energy is making impressive gains in the electricity sector.
– United Nations

At Victoria University, we approach the goal of clean energy through scientific enquiry and development, energy-policy research and practical infrastructure initiatives. Our Alternative Energy Group focuses on developing solar and wind energy, biofuels, sustainable buildings and other related areas.

Our campus infrastructure reflects this dedication, with 5-star-energy-rated buildings, and a commitment to renewable power and carbon neutrality.

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Research projects & engagement 2020-21

Engineering researchers Ujjwal Datta, Akhtar Kalam and Juan Shi produced a series of research reports addressing issues of clean and affordable energy. The researchers addressed the technical challenges of managing an electricity grid drawing on hybrid renewable energy sources of solar and wind power plants by designing a battery energy storage system to control grid loss of charge and to enable charge recovery. The battery energy storage system, in conjunction with a smart coordinated control of photovoltaic, also has applications for electric vehicle charging stations, to avoid the problem of overloading. They also investigated the financial and environmental implications of rooftop photo voltaic installation in a case study of commercial buildings in Bangladesh.

Applying mathematics to the problem of clean energy, Seyed Morteza Alizadeh, Sakineh Sadeghipour, Cagil Ozansoy and Akhtar Kalam presented a new voltage stability model in Developing a Mathematical Model for Wind Power Plant Siting and Sizing in Distribution Networks, for two common types of Wind Turbine Generators, to enable design engineers to predict how voltage will behave in different conditions.

The Centre of Policy Studies examined the Economic Implications of Global Energy Interconnection to quantify the economic implications of the proposed Global Electricity Interconnection (GEI) electricity system. Modelling results suggest that, by 2050, the GEI network will benefit all regions and will increase world GDP by 0.33 per cent, as well as contributing to sustainable energy and a reduction in green house gas emissions.

The Victorian Energy Policy Centre (VEPC) at VU has established that new forms of renewable energy generation are much cheaper than traditional energy sources. Bruce Mountain and Steven Percy of VEPC found that solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy sources are much lower in cost for the supply of electricity compared to coal, gas, hydro or nuclear electric power.

The Victorian Energy Policy Centre was funded by the Victorian Government to address a lack of energy policy research in Australia and to inform state and national energy policy. The VEPC reports are critical to informing the development of evidence based policy in Australia with VEPC policy research translating into state and national policy decisions over time. The VEPC produced numerous reports on the relative costs and benefits of power production including:

The Master in Engineering has a particular focus on contemporary ‘Smart’ electricity systems, building upon the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), and is designed to meet the global and national demand for professionals with advanced skills in creating Smart- compliant electricity grids.