Research Topics in Renewable Energy for 2016 Dosent / Lecturer: (Title, Initials & Surname) Dr A.J. Rix Fakulteit / Faculty: Engineering Email: email@example.com Tel: +27 (0)21 808 3623 Departement / Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering Navorsingsarea / Area of Research: Photovoltaic Systems – Renewable Energy Algemene beskrywing van navorsingsveld: (nie meer as 2 paragrawe nie): General description of research area (only 2 paragraphs): Current utility scale photovoltaic power plants are expected to provide stability support to the network when looking at the voltage and frequency but this support is limited by the amount of irradiation from the sun. When there are clouds in the air the power production of a photovoltaic power plant is limited and therefore the support it can provide to the network’s stability is limited. By adding a storage component to such a photovoltaic power plant, the plant could provide support to the network even under severe irradiation limitations like early mornings and late afternoons when the network are experiencing its peak loads. To fully understand the benefits and limitations of adding storage to a photovoltaic power plant accurate dynamic power plant models are required to study the effects of disturbances from the network and how such a power plant will react to these disturbances. With these models the general power plant control strategies can be evaluated and what the effect of a storage component will be on this control strategy. Lys van onderwerpe/List of topics: (Merk graad met X/Mark degree with X) M.Eng. (Structured) M.Eng. (Research) Develop models to understand the dynamic nature/performance of PV plants especially during disturbances (fixed tilt and tracking systems) X Evaluate the various battery technologies and control strategies for assisting in voltage and frequency control on the utility grid X Evaluate existing solar PV plant designs and how they can be optimised to reduce losses and increase output X Spesifieke voorvereistes / Specific requirements: B.Eng. in Mechatronic or Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Befondsing beskikbaar / Funding available: Yes Ph.D.