The “Flexible Aggregator Simulation Platform (FRESNO)” is a research project aiming to create a platform to simulate, test and verify advanced smart grid operation mechanisms at the distribution level. It is a revolutionary platform that facilitates studying larger amounts of renewable integration into the grid to provide a secure environment for larger adoption of electric vehicles by avoiding excessive capital cost of grid upgrade. Developing such a platform can be particularly beneficial for SA with the highest behind-the-meter PV and storage penetration per capita in the world. This is also aligned with the SA government plan to create the largest virtual power plant (VPP) in the world consisting of 50000 prosumers. The project is funded by the University of Adelaide RTP and Watts, Denmark.
The project has started early 2021. Three PhD student projects are defined as a part of the University of Adelaide Industry-PhD. The PhD students in this project received $10K p.a. top-up scholarship and $5K p.a. research allowance from the industry partner. The base scholarship is provided by the the University of Adelaide. Also, the students will complete a mandatory 6 months industry placement with the partner, who also offered two-way ticket to Denmark from Adelaide plus extra $9K scholarship for the placement duration. Each student in this project is supervised by three academic and two industry supervisors.