The APQRC conducts applied research into a wide range of power quality issues including network and equipment performance, monitoring and reporting and standards. Research is also being undertaken in the areas of distribution system reliability and renewable energy system integration.

Research Themes

  • Power quality surveying methodology
  • Power quality data compression, analysis, reporting and datamining
  • The impact of distributed generation and renewable energy sources on power quality
  • How to leverage the smart grid paradigm to improve power quality
  • Voltage fluctuations and flicker
  • Voltage unbalance
  • Harmonic management in distribution and transmission systems
  • Interpretation of standards and their development
  • Load control ripple signal amplification and mitigation
  • Power quality instrumentation operation and standards
  • Equipment immunity to power quality disturbances
  • Achievable sag characteristics and limits for distribution systems
  • Database structures for power quality data
  • Distribution system reliability improvement
  • Simplifying reliability reporting tools
  • Identifying state-of-art reliability practices
  • Distributed generation integration with distribution networks
  • Modelling of renewable energy generation such as wind farms and PV systems
  • Distributed generation in the smart grid
  • Energy storage systems for distributed generation

Ensuring the Quality of Australia’s Renewable Energy Future

The Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC) is leading an ARENA funded project investigating the impact and management of harmonic distortion for large renewable generators.

Learn more about our ARENA project
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Postgraduate Research Projects

  • Modelling of Power Quality Disturbances for Improved Mitigation Techniques
  • Harmonic Allocation to Major Loads in Transmission Systems
  • On the Identification of Optimal Allowable Distributed and Renewable Generation Capacity in the Power Distribution System
  • Emergency Control for Catastrophic Disturbance in Future Power Grids
  • Implementation of Techno-Economic Voltage Unbalance Methodologies in Power Systems
  • Optimised and Cost Effective Operation of Microgrids
  • Distributed Energy Storage for Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicle Applications
  • Detection, Analysis and Mitigation of Voltage Sag/Swell in Renewable Energy Rich Power Grids
  • Distributed Generation for Energy Harvesting in Distribution systems using Hybrid Energy Storage
  • Impacts of Renewable and Distributed Generation on Power Quality and Reliability
  • Cooperative strategies for improving power quality, utilisation and resilience in the operation and control of microgrids
  • Sizing and Design of Microgrids and Energy Management Systems for Grid Connected, Stand-Alone and Islanded Operation
  • A customer oriented Comprehensive Power Quality (PQ) Management with DNSP, Utilities, and IPPs
  • Improving Energy Storage management Systems in Electric Vehicles
  • Optimal Energy Management and Demand Response Strategies for Net Zero Energy Homes and Precincts
    Project Supporters:
    This research is supported by Evoenergy along with Solcast, who provide solar forecasting data.
  • Small Signal Stability Aspects Associated with Integrated Wind-HVDC Systems
  • Impact of Electric Vehicles in Power grids Considering Reliability and Power Quality Constraints
  • Predictive Control for Uncertainty Optimisation in Distributed Smart Grids
  • Optimal planning for synchronous and non-synchronous generating resources in an interconnected power grid
  • Harmonic Investigation of Large-Scale Wind and Solar Farms
  • Study of Three Phase Induction Motor Operation Under Unbalanced Supply Voltages
  • Renewable Energy based Hybrid System for Rural and Remote Communities
  • Voltage Control in PV Rich Distribution Networks
  • Collaborative Operation of Solar Photovoltaic and Wind Generation in Virtual Power Plant Environment by Improving Predictability
  • Intelligent energy management system for future micro grids
  • Planning for Renewable Energy Rich Large Interconnected Power-grid
  • Development of high Fidelity models for large scale solar energy generating systems
  • Improved Fault Ride Through Capability for Grid Integrated Distributed Generation System
  • Control and Protection of Renewable Energy based Micro-grids
  • Power quality issues with large scale solar integration
  • Energy Storage to Improve Power Quality and Reliability in Microgrids
  • Power Converter Design and Implementation for Future Power Grids
  • Volt/Var Control Strategies for Active Distribution Networks Embedded with renewable and Distributed Energy Resources
  • Controlling Integrity of Interconnected Renewable Energy Rich Power Systems after Emergencies
  • Impact of Renewable Energy on Power Quality
  • Power Quality Improvements in Distribution Network using Community Battery Energy Storage Systems
  • Management of Micorgrids.



  • Design of Multi-level Power Convertors with Random Time Vector Control Switching for Network Support