Applying mathematical optimisation to the energy industry

In a bid to combat rising energy costs, an energy software start-up has enlisted our PhD expertise to optimise the management of batteries connected to solar power systems.

Information Technology PhD student Shan (Dora) He, was placed into a 5-month internship project with Geli Australia through APR Intern (APRI), which resulted in the delivery of a proof of concept for enhancements to Geli’s demand charge management optimisation.

Geli Australia is the local operations of Growing Energy Labs Inc, which was founded in San Francisco. Geli’s partnership with APRI aims to reduce customer energy costs by employing cutting-edge optimisation research.

For Dora, the industry experience was an opportunity to apply her expertise in mathematical optimisation and computer science skills to a real-world problem.

“Throughout my internship, I learnt that technical skills are important, but the soft skills to deliver outcomes successfully are just as crucial. I believe the experience will support my career in both industry and academic sectors,” she said.

Dora He, PhD student
Faculty of Information Technology

Senior Staff Data Scientist at Geli, Zach Ernst, said Dora’s expertise in optimisation was of great interest to Geli.

“Dora’s research and analysis provided us with a strong jumping-off point to introduce new and innovative approaches to optimisation into our systems.”

Our university partnership with APRI aims to connect PhD-level expertise with real-world opportunities. Our PhD students gain industry experience and boost their employability by undertaking an internship project. New internship opportunities are published on APR Intern each week.