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William Tyree Power Engineering Laboratory facilities

Sir William Tyree Power Engineering Laboratory

Supporting research and hands-on teaching in power engineering

This cutting-edge facility supports both research and teaching, with electrical engineering students benefiting from hands-on experience using industry-standard equipment and methodologies.

The Sir William Tyree Power Engineering Laboratory is used by several research groups, including the Centre for Future Energy Networks. If you are an electrical engineering student, the laboratory will enable you to work on professional-standard equipment using methodologies employed in industrial environments, giving your career a kick start.

The facility houses the TecQuipment Simulator and the ABB Technology Centre consisting of high voltage and control equipment.

The simulator is a standout item in the University of Sydney’s power engineering facilities providing a scaled physical model of a power system with its metering, controls, protection choices, and capability to reconfigure networks with different parameters and load choices.

The laboratory is currently under redevelopment to use some of the ABB equipment as part of an active distribution network testbed in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence in Telecommunications.

Who was Sir William Tyree?

Sir William Tyree (1921–2013) was a pioneering electrical engineer and generous philanthropist, committed to innovation and leading-edge technological advancement. His awards and honours are as numerous as they are impressive.

He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1971, and a few years later was made a Knight Bachelor in honour of his services to the community. In 2001 Sir William received the Centenary Medal in recognition of his service to Australian society in electrical engineering and manufacturing.

The University also awarded Sir William a Higher Doctorate in Engineering (honoris causa) in 2008. In the 1990s the AW Tyree Foundation, which Sir William established, sponsored the Tyree Scholarship for Information Technologies for undergraduate students. In 2009 a substantial gift from Sir William was used towards the redevelopment of the Power Engineering Laboratory, which was subsequently named in his honour.