Paul Scott

Research Fellow

Research#

My interests are in renewable energy, smart grids, optimisation, and multi-agent systems. A large part of my research has been on optimising the operation of distributed energy resources (rooftop solar, battery storage, electric vehicles) within our electricity systems. This touches on a whole range of interesting topics and fields including:

  • AC electrical power flows
  • Convex and non-convex optimisation
  • Optimisation under uncertainty
  • Distributed optimisation
  • Forecasting
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Markets, game theory and mechanism design

A list of publications can be found on my website.

Biography#

I completed a double degree Bachelor of Science and Engineering majoring in Physics, Electronics and Sustainable Energy at the ANU. I then worked for several years as a research assistant within the Solar Thermal and Solar PV Labs, before completing a PhD in Computer Science.

My research focus has been a combination of a motivation to help transition the planet to net zero carbon, a keen interest in the physical world, and a love of computing and mathematics.

Activities & Awards#

I’ve been an investigator on several ARENA-funded projects:

CONSORT: Consumer Energy Systems Providing Cost-Effective Grid Support#

A deployment and trial of residential rooftop solar and battery systems for supporting the distribution network on Bruny Island at times of high load. My part in the project investigated the real-world feasibility of using distributed optimal power flow calculations for coordinating batteries with the network.

Optimal DER Scheduling for Frequency Stability#

This project explored the potential for distributed energy resources (DER) to provide frequency support services to electricity markets. The ANU team I led as part of this project explored optimisation techniques to enable bidding these services into the market in a way that respects the physical constraints of the distribution network.

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