Solar Farm Generator Performance Standards Compliance Study

Location: Chatswood, Sydney NSW

Duration: 3 months

Proposed start date: September 2018

Keywords: Matlab/Simulink, PSCAD;  Power Systems Planning, Power Systems Operation; Programming; Python; Solar Plants, Sustainable Development, Smart Energy Solutions, Green Energy, Solar Farm Integration Modelling

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

Huawei Technologies is a global 500 corporation and a major supplier of solar energy conversion solutions. Huawei FusionSolar solution has achieved number one shipment in the past three-years. Australia has high environmental awareness and highly recognizes the value of green power and there is an increasing demand of solar plant development.

Australian National Electricity Rules (NER) requires every generating unit integrating into the system to comply with strict technical standards. The compliance is usually tested and presented with power system simulation software; the intern will work with Huawei Technologies Australia Pty Ltd’s technical team to research and test NER compliance of their major solar farm projects.

Research to be Conducted

  1. Conduct a review into Australian power system strength, thermal and dynamic stability
  2. Conduct solar farm integration modelling and control parameter tuning

Skills Required

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


  • Experience with Matlab/Simulink or PSCAD programming
  • Familiar with power system planning or operation and have technical writing skills


  • Experience with PSS/E
  • Basic Python programming knowledge for report writing

Expected Outcomes

Huawei expects the intern to compose at least one full Generator Performance Standard report for one solar farm project to conclude the internship. The internship will significantly accelerate Huawei’s project development process in their major solar farms.

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.

Applications Close

 29 August 2018


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