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:

Related Centres/Units/Facilities

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.

Academic staff researching in this area: