Smart Power and Renewable Energy Systems Group

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The Smart Power and Renewable Energy Research Group at the School of Engineering and Computer Science is conducting research into topics such as microgrids design, Sustainable Power, Microgrids for remote communities, integrating solar and wind power into distribution networks, increasing the efficiency of renewable power sources, regulating voltage supply within networks incorporating renewable energy sources, demand response applications, power electronic solutions for industry, home energy management systems and internet of things ( IoT).

People

Academic Staff

  • Dr Ramesh Rayudu (Power System Engineering, Renewables Integration, Energy Harvesting, Energy Management, Power Electronics)
  • Prof Winston Seah (Wirless Sensor Networks, Sustainable Networks, Internet of Things)
  • Prof Alan Brent (Renewable Energy)
  • Dr Rebecca Ford - Oxford University (Social Science insights, Technological solutions to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, Demand Management solutions)

Technical Staff

Robinson Research Institute

Graduate Students

Recent Graduates:

Research

News

David Harrison and Daniel Burmester's Myth Busting article on Electronics Newsletters - http://digital-library.theiet.org/content/journals/10.1049/el.2016.2518

Daniel Akinyele, Ramesh Rayudu and Richard Blanchard, 'Sustainable Microgrids for Energy-Poor Communities: A Spotlight on the Planning Dimensions', IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, July 2016. http://smartgrid.ieee.org/newsletters/july-2016/sustainable-microgrids-for-energy-poor-communities-a-spotlight-on-the-planning-dimensions

Daniel Burmester's opinion piece on solar in New Zealand - http://idealog.co.nz/tech/2016/05/op-ed-household-solar-becoming-bright-idea

M. Emmanuel, R. Rayudu, W. Seah, Dispatchable distributed energy resources for seamless integration into the smart grid, IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, Feb., 2016. http://smartgrid.ieee.org/newsletters/february-2016/dispatchable-distributed-energy-resources-for-seamless-integration-into-the-smart-grid

Publications

If you want a copy of a paper, please email us at Ramesh.Rayudu(at)vuw.ac.nz

Presentations

Lab Facilities

Software

  • DIgSILENT Power Factory
  • PSCAD
  • PLECS
  • SimPower
  • COMSOL
  • GAMS

Meetings and Talks

Connections

Collaborators

  • United Nations - SPC
  • University of Auckland - Power Systems Group

  • Lincoln University - C-fACS

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Guwahati

  • University of Oxford - Energy and Power Group
  • BRANZ

  • EECA

  • Transpower

  • ABB

  • VECTOR AMS
  • Embrium

  • Novium

PRES Members