Ms Saeede Nazari Goldar


Ms Saeede Nazari Goldar

1st year, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University (Zema Scholar)

Research interests: integrated energy systems, renewable energy systems and sustainable development, optimisation of the electricity system (operation and planning), power system reliability and stability

Saeede Nazari Goldar

Saeede completed her Master's degree in Science, Electrical Engineering – Control System Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2013.

Before receiving the 2022 Zema Energy Studies scholarship, Saeede has worked as a Production and Plant Engineer at COOLON LED lighting (Melbourne) where she managed the processes and developed strategies to improve efficiency, studied new automated solutions, and liaised with product designers to increase the efficiency of the manufacturing line and the quality of the finished product.

“While trying to overcome challenges and develop competence in various industries for over 8 years, I found it difficult to free up time for studying the modern electricity systems which I was trying to build up my future career in this topic. Receiving the scholarship allowed me to deeply focus on the field and get involved in discussions with experts. I have started my   PhD program only a few months ago, but I am planning to join social clubs and meet more people with similar interests.”

Saeede will work on techno-economic aspects of electricity system expansion planning ensuring that the cost-optimal future electricity system with a high share of renewable energy can operate securely while the system stability requirements are sufficiently fulfilled.

Saeede’s research is supervised by Dr Roger Dargaville, Director of Sustainability, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering and Professor Ariel Liebman, Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems Ariel Liebman from the Department of Data Science & Artificial Intelligence at the Faculty of Information Technology.

On why she chose this field, Saeede said, “I was fascinated by the scale of new projects and the speed at which new technologies are being employed in the transition to renewable energy. I learned that renewable energy is an industry that is experiencing constant evolution, so there will always be room to grow, diversify and expand my knowledge”

“Before deciding to start my PhD, I was following the Monash energy club and various energy-related research organisations. I found Monash University cooperating on many industry-based projects, so I started to look for opportunities to employ and expand my knowledge in modern electricity systems within the organisation. Looking for potential research areas, I got familiar with Zema energy studies scholarship. I applied immediately and I am honoured to be selected as the recipient of the scholarship.”

Research aims

As the world shows increasing determination to reduce emissions to zero by 2050, the role of the electricity grid becomes more critical. Adding renewable energy sources is critical to phase out coal and other fossil fuels and decarbonise our energy system. Network stability is continuously challenged by the intermittency and seasonality of renewable energy sources, requiring more flexibility and adequacy from the rest of the system at all times. Power system stability implications are not typically captured by investment or other high level planning of the electricity system. Assessing and securing the stability of may result in high implementation and operating cost. In order to access stability at all times, including transient stability phenomena, detailed dynamic models will have to be combined with high level planning models. Our research is aimed to ensure that the variable nature of the renewable energy resources and inability to maintain the system inertia will not become a bottleneck which may prevent decarbonization and cost efficient implementation of future power systems.