Energy Group

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About the Energy Group

The Advanced Energy and Material Systems Lab is a diverse group working on complex, interdisciplinary problems.  The primary research focus is finding innovations in energy systems, including human behaviour, for adaptation to reducing fossil energy consumption.

  • Improving the efficiency and reducing the impact of energy conversion 
  • Renewable energy systems including wind, solar and geothermal
  • Energy use in transport and planning for the post-peak oil urban form re-development
  • Energy use in freight movements and planning for the post-peak oil circumstances
  • Electricity use in the residential sector and new ICT solutions to peak demand management
  • Hybrid energy-economic technology and demand transformation modelling
  • GIS-based active access assessment of urban forms
  • Adaptability of travel behaviour as a function of urban form and income level
  • Village scale energy auditing, electricity networks, demand side management and renewable energy integration
  • Transportation and building energy auditing
  • Enabling technology for PEM and SOFC fuel cell systems
  • Susan Krumdieck
    AEMS Lab Director, Above Ground Geothermal Energy Systems Engineering
  • Mathieu Sellier
    Numerical modelling of scaling mechanisms in geothermal fluids; Numerical modelling of thermal systems
  • Mark Jermy
    Experimental analysis of scaling in geothermal fluids
  • Sid Becker
    Heat transfer and novel approaches to heat exchanger design for geothermal and industrial waste heat recovery
  • Keith Alexander
    Micro Hydro design and development
  • Femke Reitsma
    GIS Systems (Geography)

Technical Assistance

  • Eric Cox
    Technical Officer, Safety Officer

http://www.nzvcc.ac.nz/scholarships/toddenergy

MFAT offers approximately 540 new scholarships per annum to citizens of developing countries around the world.  Please see http://www.aid.govt.nz/funding-and-contracts/scholarships for more details.  Renewable energy is one of MFAT priority sectors for scholarship in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and always a potential sector for our scholars from the Pacific.

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