Energy Efficiencies and Electrification
Energy and water are key consumables for quality of life. Most day to day systems we use from automotive, white goods and consumer electronics are responsible for our monthly bills and how we impact the environment. Energy efficiency in electrical systems is an area where significant research investment is present. The Power Electronics Research Group at the University of Waikato is actively engaged in improving energy efficiency in power converters in consumable electronics, renewable energy products and saving wasted water using long life energy storage devices such as supercapacitors, developing commercially valuable techniques and prototype designs.
This research area involves developing patentable new circuit techniques and topologies for (i) DC-DC converters (ii) DC-AC converters (iii) rapid energy transfer systems (iv) energy harvesting systems based on a concept to implementation basis. In this process mathematical tools such as analysis, simulation and modelling of energy storage components and circuits will be heavily used. During the past 10 years we have earned an international reputation for our supercapacitor assisted (SCA) techniques, leading to a reasonable portfolio of patents.
Key research projects in this area:
- WaikatoLink platform technology: Improved power conditioners
- Ports of Auckland - energy storage system specification
The Energy Research Centre
The goal of the Energy Research Centre is improved competitiveness for New Zealand industry through research aimed at achieving increased energy efficiency and conservation. The Centre has two divisions: The Industrial Energy Efficiency Division and the Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology Division.