Test and Evaluation Methodologies of Micro / Smart Grid Technologies for Military Use

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Duration: 5 months

Proposed start date: ASAP

Keywords: Emerging Technologies, Microgrid Technologies, Hybrid Power Solutions, Project Planning, Electrical Systems Design

Please note: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will be ineligible for this project.

Project Background

Military Forces around the world are seeking to establish smart microgrid solutions that exploit hybrid technology systems. As technology is developing quickly in this field, a common problem facing Military Forces is understanding the relevant standards and test methodologies to ensure these systems are evaluated properly prior to being integrated into the existing power systems. This project is seeking support to better understand the relevant domestic and international standards and test methodologies suitable for the testing of micro smart grid technologies.
These systems need to be able to operate in a range of environments, be readily re-deployable and be robust enough to meet the demanding conditions of military operations.

Research to be Conducted

Objective 1 – Summarise existing standards for testing of civilian and military microgrid technologies and their associated costs.

Objective 2 –Support the development of test facility options available to be established in the short and long term.

Objective 3 – Assist in the development of a test methodology for a large Military project that leverages the objectives above

Project control and support. This project will be delivered by an integrated project team based in Melbourne. Initial kick off and ongoing supervision will be provided to steer and focus research effort to meet external objectives placed on the team in support of a large military project. The project team has formed initially and will be resourced properly on award of the larger task, expected to occur in early July.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following skills:

  • Deep skills in either Test and evaluation, Facilities planning, project costing and estimating, Electrical systems design and integration, hybrid power solutions, microgrid technologies
  • Understanding of Test and Evaluation methods for emerging technology (desirable).

Expected Outcomes

APR.Intern projects are collaborative research partnerships between the Industry Partner, Intern and Academic Mentor with the aim to address a specific challenge identified by Industry. They are not consultancy projects delivered by students.

This project will form part of the analysis required to deliver recommendations that allow the client to develop a test methodology for a large project occurring in 2019. The project will provide intimate and iterative support to a real and challenging industry problem that aims to deliver innovative technologies in an innovative and agile manner for the next decade.
The Integrated Project Team will deliver a report that summarises the current best practice test methodologies, a series of recommendations on test methodologies that could be used for the larger project in 2019 as well as a business case to establish an enduring test capability. This project will deliver ongoing support using an iterative assessment and design methodology. The scope and format of the end product can be negotiated to best suit the candidate skillsets, experience and interest.

Recommendations include:
a. Test methods to be used for the larger project in 2019, including standards and industry best practice in keeping up with emerging tech
b. Development pathways to allow for a value for money facility to be established to allow enduring test and evaluation capabilities for the larger project
c. Funding and ownership options and recommendations

Note that the scope and inputs negotiated with the student will impact the level to which each of these recommendations are directly or indirectly informed by the student. The Integrated Project Team will aim to ensure that the student has the most flexibility in targeting scope and outputs that best balance project and student strengths, needs and wants.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the APR.Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an Australian university
  • PhD candidature must be confirmed
  • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university
Applications Close

 22 July 2018


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