announces that the University of Queensland entry is the winner of its Smart Grid City Model competition launched earlier this year for university engineering students.
ABB’s Smart Grid City Model competition challenged future leaders in engineering to creatively design an interactive smart grid city model and integrate smart grid technology into an Australian city of their choice. The winner secured a grant to construct their Brisbane city vision model, which will be displayed at ABB’s upcoming Automation and Power World Australia event at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland.
The university competition was conceptualised with an aim to introduce students to the power and automation technologies they may work with in future. Entries to the Smart Grid City Model competition were reviewed by an ABB judging panel that analysed their concepts including design and aesthetics, proposed use of smart grid technologies as well as overall construction feasibility.
According to Axel Kuhr, Manager of ABB in Australia, the judging panel was impressed with the high quality of the entries. The submission by the University of Queensland demonstrated through model concept and simulation how smart grids could deliver Brisbane a stable, secure, efficient and sustainable power network.
The winning entry was designed by University of Queensland students John Puckett and Henry Wang with Professor Tapan Saha acting as the supervisor.
According to the judging panel, the winning entry’s greener and smarter city concept was inspiring with the introduction of distributed energy resources utilising renewable energies, storage, electric vehicles and active houses.
ABB’s efficient HVDC and Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) technologies along with automated substations, dynamic pricing, advanced metering infrastructure and real time communication, all essential to a smart electricity grid were incorporated in the submission.