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Power & Energy Systems (PES)

The Group’s research focuses on the following areas: power system deregulation and restructuring, dynamic stability and security assessment, application and optimization of FACTS devices, intelligent protection devices and AI methods, and real-time digital power system simulation. The group has excellent track records in both research publications and research grants, and there are currently over 20 active research projects in the main areas. In the past five years, the group has successfully produced seven PhD. and three MPhil graduates and presently there are 14 research personnel working towards their MPhil or PhD. A close research co-operation and contacts has been developed with a number of international universities and research institutions in China, U.S.A., Australia, Canada, U.K. and Singapore.

The Group has developed a digital power system simulator based on an SGI multi-processor super computer integrated with electromagnetic transients simulator (HYPERSIM). Numerous power softwares are applied to both research and teaching, including Powerworld, ERACS etc.

We have also developed close links with power utilities both in Hong Kong and overseas. Current and previous funding includes CLP, HEC, Hydro Quebec and Powertech as well as funding from the Central Research Grants Council.

Our strength also focuses on developing novel analytical methods for different power system planning and operational problems; and new technologies and emerging devices essential for building an efficient and reliable power grid of the future, i.e. the smart grid. We also successfully developed two commercial grade software packages for solving optimal reactive power flow and unit commitment problems which are being used by Chongqing Electric Power Corporation in China and CLP in Hong Kong.