Cross University Power Engineering Research Group (CUPERG)

In Feb 2019, several academic staff from the following universities initiated a core power engineering research group in Australia. The mission of this initiative is to stimulate an active, authentic and sustainable research culture with clear vision, responsibility and respect. CUPERG team members are expert in the following research fields.


The University of Queensland (Firuz Zare, Negareh Ghasemi, Olav Krause, Daniel Martin, Rahul Sharma, Mithulan Nadarajah, Jalil Yaghoobi, Hansika Rathnayake)


UNSW (Joe Dong, John Fletcher, Jayashri Ravishankar, Rukmi Dutta, Daming Zhang, Ke Meng, Guo Chen)


QUT (Gerard Ledwich, Geoff Walker, Mahinda Villagathawama, Yateendra Mishra, Shawn Neilsen; Richard Taylor, Dejan Jocovic, Mark Broadmeado, Ghavam Nourbakhsh)


Monash University (Behrooz Bahrani, Reza Razzaghi, Tony Marxsen, Tony Morton )


Curtin University (Arindam Ghosh, Sumedha Rajakaruna and S M Muyeen)


Griffith University (Junwei LU, Fuwen Yang, Sascha Stegen, Mohammad Sanjari, Wayne Water, Boyuan Zhu, Mojtaba Moghimi, Foad Taghizadh,  Chirag Panchal, Rabiul Islam, Fida Rafi)


CQU (Peter Wolfs, Ed Palmer, Kianoush Emami, Sanath Alahakoon, Rakibuzzaman Shah )


 UTAS (Michael Negnevitsky, Evan Franklin, Sarah Lyden, James Hamilton, Behzad Naderi and Xiaolin Wang)


The CUPERG team consists of the following Working Groups:

WG1: Power Converters: topology, control and modelling

WG2: Micro-Grids: control and modelling

WG3: Power System: optimization, forecasting and state estimation

WG4: Power System: dynamic, stability, protection and reliability

WG5: Renewable Energy Systems: impact, modelling, protection and stability 

WG6: Battery Storage: technology, modelling and applications 

WG7: Power Quality, Harmonics and Electromagnetic Interference 

Due to an increasing number of grid connected high frequency power electronics converters (such as solar inverters, wind turbines and variable speed motor drive systems) low and high frequency harmonics (2-9 kHz and 9-150 kHz) and different disturbances have been reported in distribution networks around the world.
Similar issues have been identified involving significant high frequency harmonic resonances in wind farms connected to low and medium voltage grids. These issues are classified as:

  • generation of high frequency harmonics and fast transients creation of new resonant frequencies in grids, affecting communication signals
  • strong interactions between grids and different types of power electronics systems, reducing reliability and quality of the grids

The increasing demand for more efficient and reliable loads and renewable energy sources has promoted energy conversion systems extensively in industrial, commercial and residential sectors.

Our Commitment:
We are keen to support and help our existing and new partners and offer solutions to solve research and technology questions.
we are experts to perform power quality and grid robustness modelling, analysis and tests covering harmonics and supra harmonics (0-170 kHz) for distribution systems and micro grids with high penetration of power electronics converters. Our experience over the last years has resulted in building collaboration with many national and international research groups, developing new concepts and securing a number of research funds.

WG8: Transformer, Cables, AC Machines: modelling, reliability, failure mode and lifetime analysis