Duane A. Robinson

Associate Professor / Deputy Director, SBRC

  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Primary Group - Sustainable Buildings Research Centre
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre

Overview


Duane Robinson graduated from the University of Wollongong with a B.E. (Hons I) in Electrical Engineering in 1998 after completing a seven year cadetship with the BHP Port Kembla Steelworks. In the same year he joined the Integral Energy Power Quality Centre as a research student under scholarship to complete his PhD degree (harmonic distortion within distribution systems and related mitigation techniques). In 2002 Duane took up a position as researcher with the Centre working on power quality related research projects for Integral Energy and other consulting activities, and later joined the University’s academic staff as a Senior Lecturer.

Duane temporarily departed the university to pursue more industrial experience, working for a multidisciplinary consulting firm primarily on LV and MV electrical distribution design, control, and protection projects for heavy industry clients. In 2011 he returned to the University to take up a new research interest in the area of energy efficiency and demand side integration with the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, and to re-join his colleagues at the Endeavour Energy Power Quality and Reliability Centre.

Top Publications


Research Overview


    • Modelling, analysis and control of power distribution systems
    • Energy efficiency in networks and at point of utilisation
    • Sustainable building practices
    • Micro grids and distributed generation
    • Power quality and mitigation techniques

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • In July 2018 ASBEC and ClimateWorks Australia released their report: <em><a href="http://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/built-perform/" title="Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code</a></em>. The report presents the findings of the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory project, an industry-led effort to support long-term improvements to the energy requirements of the National Construction Code.<br /> <br />Built to Perform was produced with the support of the <a href="http://lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/research/program-3-engaged-communities/sp0016-building-code-energy-performance-trajectory-project-2" title="Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living</em></a>, the RACV and dozens of building industry and government partners. The project was delivered in partnership with CSIRO, Energy Action, Strategy Policy Research and the <em><a href="https://sbrc.uow.edu.au/index.html" title="Sustainable Buildings Research Centre" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sustainable Buildings Research Centre</a></em> at the University of Wollongong, with oversight by ASBEC’s Building Code Task Group.<br /><br />The report recommends that the States, Territories and the Commonwealth:<br /><ol><li>Commit to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code, as part of a transition to net zero carbon new buildings by 2030. This would mean setting energy efficiency targets, and introducing net energy targets.</li><li>Deliver a step change in the energy requirements in the 2022 Code, with a strong focus on residential, and a further incremental increase in non-residential requirements.</li><li>Expand the scope of the Code and progress complementary measures, to prepare for future sustainability challenges and opportunities, including health, peak demand, maintainability, electric vehicles and embodied carbon.</li></ol><br />The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre was a key contributor to the project by completing an extensive number of building energy simulations for the project for numerous design changes to three defined archetype buildings (an apartment, an attached townhouse, and a detached standalone house) across four Australian climate zones. Please find a link to the <em>Built to Perform</em> report <a href="http://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/built-perform/" title="Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>. The full Final Technical Report containing the evidence supporting the <em>Built to Perform,</em> is currently being compiled by the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory project partners, and includes the University of Wollongong building energy simulation results, and will be released in August 2018.

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • 1. Demand management in electricity networks using renewable generation, energy storage and demand reduction enabled appliances.
    2. Auxiliary services for grid connected renewable distributed generation and microgrids.
    3. Solar photovoltaics performance evaluation and optimisation.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Optimised and Cost Effective Operation of Microgrids Jayawardana, Herath
    Doctor of Philosophy Cooperative Strategies for Improving Power Quality, Utilisation and Resilience in Operation and Control of Microgrids Smith, Edward
    Doctor of Philosophy Sizing and Design of Microgrids and Energy Management Systems for Grid Connected, Stand-Alone and Islanded Operation Bennett, Neil
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Evaluation of university buildings energy performance using data mining techniques Li, Kehua
    Doctor of Philosophy High Frequency Harmonics in Distribution Networks. Darmawardana, Dilini
    Doctor of Philosophy Optimal Energy Management and Demand Response Strategies for Net Zero Energy Homes and Precincts Banfield, Brendan
    Doctor of Philosophy Delivering innovation in engineering as part of the Solar Decathlon. Baghi, Yeganeh
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Harmonic Investigation of Large-Scale Wind and Solar Farms David, Jason
    Doctor of Philosophy Collaborative Operation of Solar Photovoltaic and Wind Generation in Virtual Power Plant Environment by Improving Predictability. Dissawe Mudiyanselage, Lasanthika
    Doctor of Philosophy Development of high Fidelity models for large scale solar energy generating systems Korale Liyanage, Samadhi
    Doctor of Philosophy Modelling of Power Quality Disturbances for Improved Mitigation Techniques Abdelqader, Raed
    Doctor of Philosophy Harmonic Allocation to Major Loads in Transmission Systems Vu, Tuan

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Electrical, University of Wollongong, School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering, Thesis title "Harmonic Management in Medium Voltage Distribution Systems" 1998 - 2003
  • B.E. in Electrical, University of Wollongong, School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering, Thesis title "Power Quality Waveform Generator Upgrade" 1992 - 1998

Awards And Honors


Keywords


  • Modelling, analysis and control of power distribution systems, energy efficiency, sustainable building practices, micro grids, distributed generation, power quality, mitigation techniques

Full Name


  • Duane A. Robinson

Mailing Address


  • Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

    Innovation Campus

    University of Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • B-3458-2015

Top Publications


Research Overview


    • Modelling, analysis and control of power distribution systems
    • Energy efficiency in networks and at point of utilisation
    • Sustainable building practices
    • Micro grids and distributed generation
    • Power quality and mitigation techniques

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • In July 2018 ASBEC and ClimateWorks Australia released their report: <em><a href="http://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/built-perform/" title="Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code</a></em>. The report presents the findings of the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory project, an industry-led effort to support long-term improvements to the energy requirements of the National Construction Code.<br /> <br />Built to Perform was produced with the support of the <a href="http://lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/research/program-3-engaged-communities/sp0016-building-code-energy-performance-trajectory-project-2" title="Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living</em></a>, the RACV and dozens of building industry and government partners. The project was delivered in partnership with CSIRO, Energy Action, Strategy Policy Research and the <em><a href="https://sbrc.uow.edu.au/index.html" title="Sustainable Buildings Research Centre" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sustainable Buildings Research Centre</a></em> at the University of Wollongong, with oversight by ASBEC’s Building Code Task Group.<br /><br />The report recommends that the States, Territories and the Commonwealth:<br /><ol><li>Commit to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code, as part of a transition to net zero carbon new buildings by 2030. This would mean setting energy efficiency targets, and introducing net energy targets.</li><li>Deliver a step change in the energy requirements in the 2022 Code, with a strong focus on residential, and a further incremental increase in non-residential requirements.</li><li>Expand the scope of the Code and progress complementary measures, to prepare for future sustainability challenges and opportunities, including health, peak demand, maintainability, electric vehicles and embodied carbon.</li></ol><br />The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre was a key contributor to the project by completing an extensive number of building energy simulations for the project for numerous design changes to three defined archetype buildings (an apartment, an attached townhouse, and a detached standalone house) across four Australian climate zones. Please find a link to the <em>Built to Perform</em> report <a href="http://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/built-perform/" title="Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>. The full Final Technical Report containing the evidence supporting the <em>Built to Perform,</em> is currently being compiled by the Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory project partners, and includes the University of Wollongong building energy simulation results, and will be released in August 2018.

Potential Supervision Topics


  • 1. Demand management in electricity networks using renewable generation, energy storage and demand reduction enabled appliances.
    2. Auxiliary services for grid connected renewable distributed generation and microgrids.
    3. Solar photovoltaics performance evaluation and optimisation.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Optimised and Cost Effective Operation of Microgrids Jayawardana, Herath
    Doctor of Philosophy Cooperative Strategies for Improving Power Quality, Utilisation and Resilience in Operation and Control of Microgrids Smith, Edward
    Doctor of Philosophy Sizing and Design of Microgrids and Energy Management Systems for Grid Connected, Stand-Alone and Islanded Operation Bennett, Neil
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Evaluation of university buildings energy performance using data mining techniques Li, Kehua
    Doctor of Philosophy High Frequency Harmonics in Distribution Networks. Darmawardana, Dilini
    Doctor of Philosophy Optimal Energy Management and Demand Response Strategies for Net Zero Energy Homes and Precincts Banfield, Brendan
    Doctor of Philosophy Delivering innovation in engineering as part of the Solar Decathlon. Baghi, Yeganeh
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Harmonic Investigation of Large-Scale Wind and Solar Farms David, Jason
    Doctor of Philosophy Collaborative Operation of Solar Photovoltaic and Wind Generation in Virtual Power Plant Environment by Improving Predictability. Dissawe Mudiyanselage, Lasanthika
    Doctor of Philosophy Development of high Fidelity models for large scale solar energy generating systems Korale Liyanage, Samadhi
    Doctor of Philosophy Modelling of Power Quality Disturbances for Improved Mitigation Techniques Abdelqader, Raed
    Doctor of Philosophy Harmonic Allocation to Major Loads in Transmission Systems Vu, Tuan

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Electrical, University of Wollongong, School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering, Thesis title "Harmonic Management in Medium Voltage Distribution Systems" 1998 - 2003
  • B.E. in Electrical, University of Wollongong, School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering, Thesis title "Power Quality Waveform Generator Upgrade" 1992 - 1998

Awards And Honors


Keywords


  • Modelling, analysis and control of power distribution systems, energy efficiency, sustainable building practices, micro grids, distributed generation, power quality, mitigation techniques

Full Name


  • Duane A. Robinson

Mailing Address


  • Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

    Innovation Campus

    University of Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • B-3458-2015