Sustainable Energy, Water and Resilient Systems
Our mission is to deliver disruptive energy and water systems research that advances New Zealand and the world towards the goals of sustainable, renewable, clean and resilient energy and water for all - businesses, iwi, industry and communities.
We collaborate with a range of service providers (e.g., consultants, agencies) and small / large end-users (e.g., industrial sites, businesses) to create a synergistic tripartite relationship that can effectively solve complex engineering systems challenges.
The research group encompasses two distinct research focuses on energy and water.
Energy systems research
We are actively engaged in research that endeavors to harness the full potential of energy using a holistic whole-of-problem approach.
We are actively engaged in research that endeavors to harness the full potential of energy using a holistic whole-of-problem approach. Over the past 15 years, our Waikato Engineering energy researchers have led and contributed to successful projects and contracts worth a combined total of over $12 million.
- Advanced process and utility integration, modelling, retrofit and optimisation
- Digital twin technology and Industry 4.0
- Clean bioenergy production and co-generation utility plants
- High-temperature, multi-staged and integrated heat pumps
- High-performance refrigeration systems
- Compact and enhanced heat exchangers
- Emerging renewable energy technologies: wave, wind and geothermal
- Macro-energy sector planning and integration
- Precise measurement and prediction of thermal properties
Water, sustainability and resilience research
We aim to solve complex problems related to water, sustainability and resilience.
We aim to solve complex problems related to water, sustainability and resilience. Our specialist expertise includes:
- Water, waste-water, solid waste and odour control and treatment
- Process engineering, design, modelling, and economics
- Environmental, chemical, biochemical and materials engineering and biotechnology
- Biodegradable plastics
- Life cycle assessment and sustainability
- Analytical chemistry and emerging contaminants
- Risk analysis and reduction
- Resilience and critical infrastructure