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By Li Yingxue
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:42 By Li Yingxue

In this undated photo, professors Ma Jin and Albert Zomaya, and research associate Li Wei of the University of Sydney. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

The University of Sydney was recently awarded A$940,000 (US$655,682) in federal government funds to build a joint research center in conjunction with Tianjin University named the Centre for Energy Informatics and Demand Response Technologies.

This is part of the Australia-China Science and Research Fund Joint Research Centres, which is a flagship cooperation project between Australia and China.

In each three-year round of funding, the project finances no more than six research centers.

China is a research powerhouse and is responsible for 20 percent of global academic research output

Duncan Ivison, Deputy vice-chancellor for research at the University of Sydney

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Speaking about the program, Duncan Ivison, deputy vice-chancellor for research at the University of Sydney, says: "China is a research powerhouse and is responsible for 20 percent of global academic research output.

"Our research partnerships and collaborations with Chinese institutions produce over 1,000 joint scientific articles each year, dedicated to solving scientific research problems worldwide."

Besides the University of Sydney and Tianjin University, the center has multiple partners including the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University and Energy Australia along with Tsinghua University and the State Grid Corporation of China.

For now, researchers from the University of Sydney and Tianjin University and their partners will collaborate on energy informatics and demand response technologies to supply green energy resources to the Australian and Chinese markets which are more efficient, reliable and affordable.

Albert Zomaya, the chair professor of High Performance Computing and Networking at the School of Computer Science at the University of Sydney is leading the research center in Australia, together with Li Wei, a research associate at the School of Computer Science.

Zomaya thinks that the research will benefit both consumers and providers of energy and improve the flexibility and reliability of the energy system as a whole.

"Consumers will receive lower energy bills and energy providers will experience reduced capital cost investments and the need for network upgrades," says Zomaya.

"The University of Sydney has been working with Tianjin University for almost a decade on developing technology to improve energy sustainability and affordability and secure our energy infrastructure," he says.

Yang Ting, a professor at the School of Electrical and Information Engineering of Tianjin University, has been working with the University of Sydney since 2009.

Speaking about his work, Yang says: "On the Chinese side, we are focusing on power system stability control including the optimizing of the operation of the clean energy smart grid and research on the Internet of Energy, which refers to the upgrading and automating of electricity infrastructures for energy producers.

"The University of Sydney is good in fields such as energy information security and distributed system control for mixed energy, and they are also experienced in energy market regulation and optimization management of enterprise energy," says Yang.

According to Yang, results from their research will be used by their industry partners for the next generation energy services.

Currently, there are 10 professors working with the joint research center at Tianjin University together with around 30 students.

The communication between the researchers and students from both universities has been on for a decade. For example, Yang says that to research a specific topic, the researchers from both universities set up a seminar to gather together to discuss things, and both universities also send researchers to do a three-or six-month visit.

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"When we meet at any international conference, we set up meetings to discuss our research, and our students also communicate online," says Yang.

The University of Sydney and Tianjin University established the Sydney-Tianjin Universities Joint Centre for Sustainable Cyberinfrastructure in 2017, and have published more than 30 joint papers besides obtaining a joint international patent.

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