UOW operates a number of world class teaching and research laboratories.
UOW Undergraduate teaching laboratories are equipped with modern Lab Volt teaching equipment providing a world class education experience in the areas of power systems and renewable energy. This equipment is complemented by custom designed equipment for motor and drive experiments.
Key Power Engineering Research Laboratories include:
- Power Quality and Renewable Energy Research Laboratory
- SBRC Power Quality Test Lab and Microgrid Test Facility
Power Quality & Renewable Energy Research Laboratory
The Power Quality & Renewable Energy Research Laboratory operated by the Australian Power Quality and Reliabiity Centre (APRC) contains a range of sophisticated equipment useful for a broad range
of research and testing. Hardware is complemented by advanced software packages allowing simulation and analysis.
Key research, est and measurement equipment available in the Power Quality & Renewable Energy Laboratory includes:
- California Instruments 30 kVA programmable arbitrary waveform generator with OMNI AC source line impedance network
- 100 kW, 3000 rpm, 1000 Nm 4-quadrant dynamic dynamometer
- Tektronix PA4000 dc to 1 MHz 3-phase harmonic analyser
- Fluke 41 dc to 2.5 kHz single-phase portable harmonic analyser
- Conducted EMI measuring equipment up to 64 A, 3-phase, and near-field E-H field probes.
- Low frequency magnetic field measuring equipment
- 100 pF, 100 kV standard capacitor and 1000:1 voltage divider
- A range of modern high accuracy Power Quality Monitoring Instruments
- Modern digital storage oscilloscopes including voltage and current probes
- 3 x 10 kW TerraSAS solar array simulators
- A range of passive and electronic loads
- Various software packages such as PSCAD/EMTDC™, PSS/E™ and DIgSILENT PowerFactory™
- Energy storage systems for distributed generation research
SBRC Power Quality Test Lab and Microgrid Test Facility
The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) power quality test laboratory is a fully equipped test and measurement laboratory for assessment of equipment power quality and energy efficiency performance. The laboratory contains extensive test and measurement equipment combined with flexible supply arrangements.
The SBRC microgrid test facility is designed for performance assessment of loads and generators up to a nominal rating of 30kW and is housed in a 900 square meter industrial high bay. The microgrid is connected to the SBRC building distribution system and include functionality for isolation of building loads to provide real-world testing scenarios. There is sufficient supply capacity available to add additional loads and/or generation as required with each connection point having a metering class sub-meter installed.
Key Microgird test facility hardware includes:
- Fully regenerative 30 kVA programmable supply
- 2 x 10 kW permanently connected 3-phase photovoltaic solar systems
- 1 x 4 kW permanently connected hybrid thermal singe-phase photovoltaic systems
- 3 tier distributed generation connection panel including metering and MiCOMP341 interconnection protection relays in each tier
- Provision for 30 kVA programmable load (including leading/lagging power factor)
- Facility for battery based building energy storage system
- Automation system
- Existing infrastructure for connection of 5 kW wind turbine
- Power quality and energy monitoring instrumentation
The Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM) is housed within UOW's $80m state-of-the-art Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) on the Innovation Campus. The ISEM has almost 40 specialist laboratories, and is on the forefront of energy materials and energy storage research and development. ISEM have established advanced battery testing and development facilities. Their state-of-the-art laboratories are helping to reshape the processing electrode and electrolyte materials to help develop new energy storage solutions. ISEM’s facilities have set the new standard for battery testing facilities in the southern hemisphere.
SMART Infrastructure Facility Laboratories
The Simulation, Modelling and Analysis for Research and Teaching (SMART) Infrastructure Facility consists of 30 state-of-the-art research laboratories. Many of SMART’s laboratories and research facilities are also open to outside researchers from industry, academia and other national laboratories. SMART is also a member of the ICA-OSGeo Labs network – an international collaboration between the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).