From my childhood, I remember an old Tanzanian proverb: “We do not inherit the Earth; we just borrow it from our children”. I believe that if we all accept this way of thinking, sustainable power generation will soon become a reality. We must redefine “Energy Security” – it no longer means that all energy produced in Australia is good, no matter how polluting it is. Our country needs an energy policy that considers the real costs and benefits of energy production and use. We need to realise that economic stability and environmental sustainability are as much a part of energy security as minimising the threat of supply shortages.
The theme for the Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference this year is “Helping the power industry meet the challenges of the 21st Century”. The power grid is transitioning from a traditional system of poles and wires to a high-tech network: the “smart grid”. The smart grid, distributed generation and electric vehicle technologies are demanding a new generation of engineers equipped with a much more diverse skillset than ever before. Only innovative smart solutions will assure the affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity supply Australia will need for the future.
At the University of Tasmania, the conference theme is addressed through our co-operative research programs with the power industry. These programs aim to study issues associated with sustainable power generation in this state, and it is hoped that the outcomes of our research will be noted widely.
Traditionally, AUPEC has been an international conference. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, physical meetings have been very limited. Therefore, we offer both options to conference participants – physical and virtual presentations – and thereby be able to publish the paper together with a presentation. Later, all accepted papers will be included in the IEEE Xplore digital library.
This year we received a total of 126 submissions, all of which have been peer reviewed by a pair of referees for their technical content and originality (for which we gratefully thank our reviewers). Consequently, 61 papers have been selected for presentation at the conference. The aim has been to ensure quality and a wide variety of topics whilst also keeping our theme in focus. Particular attention has been paid to the provision of keynote speakers in important areas of topical interest. There are also two CIGRE-sponsored industry sessions and the API-sponsored panel on issues related to power engineering education in Australia.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors: the Tasmanian Government, the Australian Power Institute, Hydro Tasmania, TasNetworks, UPC/AC Renewables Australia, Engineers Australia, IEEE, CIGRE, the Electric Energy Society of Australia, Molekulis, Goldwind Australia, and UTAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems.
On behalf of the organising committee I have great pleasure in welcoming you to what we are sure will be a most stimulating and worthwhile conference.
Professor Michael Negnevitsky
AUPEC 2020 Chair