Design and modelling hybrid energy systems to produce carbon-neutral electricity and hydrogen

The complexity of hybrid energy systems and their dependence on embedded control software increases the difficulty in predicting interactions among the various components and subsystems. A modelling environment that can model not only the components but also control algorithms is therefore advantageous. Effective diagnosis of faults in an installed system also presents a challenge because of the interactions between the components and the control system. Modelling may play an important role in the diagnosis of the operating components; for example, running an electrolyser model and comparing actual electrolyser operating variables with those obtained from the model may help to diagnose a fault in the real electrolyser. This seminar is going to focuses on modelling the principal components of hybrid solar energy systems that include energy storage in the form of hydrogen: a large photovoltaic array subject to manufacturer’s variability and temperature inhomogeneity; two types of electrolyser as commonly found in hydrogen energy systems; a metal-hydride hydrogen storage tank; a fuel cell. Attention is given here to building physics-based component models with minimum empiricism and to critically analysing state of the art in modelling such components.

Apart from that, this seminar also tries to demonstrate large scale hydrogen production via water electrolysis in the retail and wholesale electricity market. How Levelized cost of hydrogen differ in different locations by renewable (primarily solar and wind) hybrid energy system. Finally, illustrate grid-connected renewable microgrid for electrical and fuel cell vehicle charging.



Dr Abdin started his journey with ANU from 5th August 2019 as a Grand Challenge Research Fellow in the hydrogen  project of the ANU Grand Challenge: Zero-carbon energy for Asia-pacific. He is affiliated with a research school of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering. He completed his Post-doctoral Research Fellowship and PhD from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, respectively. Before that, he worked for a telecommunications company for more than five years as a senior manager, led quite a large group in different capacities and was actively involved with product design and innovation team. As part of his job, he had been working with various international manufacturing companies such as Ericsson, Huawei, ZTE, and Siemens, and it gives him vast experience in many aspects. He also has two years’ teaching experience as a university lecturer in faculty of applied sciences, where he taught mainly Fundamental of physics, Semiconductor Physics, Solid-state Physics, and Digital electronics. He has a strong commitment to, and interest in clean and hydrogen energy technologies; especially generation, integration of energy technologies, improved energy security and decarbonised energy value chain. He is always keen to learn new skills and techniques to understand and visualise the problem with solutions and attention to details.


Date & time

3–4pm 6 Sep 2019


Room:Ian Ross Seminar Room, R214


Dr Zainul Abdin


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