EPECentre News

2022 Power Engineering Scholars

13 October 2022

Students, staff and industry came together for the annual awards and the APEX Summit on 6 October 2022.

Neville Watson

29 September 2022

University of Canterbury Professor Neville Watson is two years into leading a seven-year project to integrate renewable energy into Aotearoa New Zealand’s century-old electrical grid.

Group at manawa energy field trip 2022

01 September 2022

A group of 28 Electrical and Electronic Engineering students, along with three EPECentre and ECE staff, visited Manawa Energy’s Lake Coleridge hydroelectricity generation site on Monday 29 August.

Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase and Lecturer Dr Lui Holder-Pearson

19 August 2022

MBIE has granted $1.1 million in funding to University of Canterbury researchers to develop a hyper-realistic virtual therapy avatar to help high-functioning people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better recognise emotions and reduce ‘social blindness’.

University of Canterbury (UC) Civil Systems Engineering Lecturer Dr Rebecca Peer

16 August 2022

A University of Canterbury-led project has won Government funding to explore how green hydrogen could provide sustainable transport, heating and electricity for New Zealanders.

2022 Power Careers Events company stands

04 August 2022

Engineering students take charge of their futures in the electricity industry.

Mt John Observatory

27 June 2022

The University of Canterbury is leading a research collaboration to track Moon-orbiting spacecraft, with assistance from NASA’s CAPSTONE mission.

Susan Krumdieck

03 June 2022

Emboldening engineers and others to think differently to solve wicked ‘unsolvable’ problems is the focus of the University of Canterbury’s two Transition Engineering micro-credentials supported by the EPECentre and Transition HQ.

Outside 2022 scholars welcome

30 May 2022

This year’s Aruhiko | Power Engineering Excellent Trust Scholarship winners were welcomed during our annual PEET Scholars Welcome event earlier this month.

Hamish Avery

26 May 2022

The Electric Power Engineering Centre is pleased to welcome Dr Hamish Avery as their new director.

Swire Shipping’s Moana Chief

29 April 2022

An industry-academia research partnership could help offer solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of the freight transport industry.

PhD candidate Daniel Mak

01 March 2022

A University of Canterbury PhD candidate is fast tracking the commercialisation of a wine testing device with help from the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Programme.

Steve Weddell

28 February 2022

Satellites are increasingly being released beyond our atmosphere, but what happens if we lose communication with a satellite and can’t see it to understand why? University of Canterbury (UC) researcher Associate Professor Stephen Weddell says this poses a threat to the very communication technologies we use every day.

High temperature motor airplane

23 December 2021

Electrification of Aircraft Systems for the Nacelle cowl NExt generation Opening System (NNEOS) project


14 December 2021

Swire Shipping has commissioned the EPECentre to research the carbon footprint of freight transport in New Zealand.

Innovation jumpstart

03 November 2021

Seaweed-based plasterboard, an app to help young people navigate sex and relationships, and a system to make houses safer in an earthquake are some of the innovative University of Canterbury projects to win a funding boost this week.

Mayor's visit to HIT Lab

28 September 2021

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel learned about aerial firefighting and toured a virtual reality hospital during a hands-on visit to the University of Canterbury.

UAV research

07 September 2021

Ten University of Canterbury research projects tackling the big issues have been green-lit with funding worth $23 million.

Nanoscribe Cathedral

16 July 2021

Housed in a custom-made box under protective yellow light at the University of Canterbury’s Nanolab is a new world-leading Nanoscribe 3D printer.

Bill Heffernan

24 June 2021

New Zealand’s dairy factories could be the big winners from a proposed new electromagnetic detection and imaging method aimed at boosting food safety systems. Working to develop the super-sensing method is a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Canterbury, Lincoln Agritech, University of Auckland and FoodSouth, along with international collaborators in Australia and the UK.

Aaron Marshall

09 June 2021

Research into the electrodes used in flow batteries at the University of Canterbury (UC) has the potential to help create cheaper, longer-life batteries for more renewable energy storage.

Rebecca Lindsay

24 February 2021

A University of Canterbury engineering project has helped to develop the first prototype of a portable power unit to help deploy more effective mobile radio transmitters into emergency situations for the Red Cross.

Prototype Wave Energy Converter buoy at Wave Energy Scotland

06 November 2020

John Outram presented a paper at the 9th International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA), a virtual conference in Glasgow, UK, with Josh Schipper and Radnya Mukhedkar (EPECentre) on modelling the power output of a wave energy converter (WEC).

Dr Nikki Newham, Transpower, speaking at 2020 EPECentre Scholarship Awards

16 October 2020

Scholars, staff and industry representatives enjoyed talks by former scholars, followed by scholarship presentations.

Neville Watson

16 September 2020

University of Canterbury Engineering Professor Neville Watson is leading a seven-year project to ensure modern renewable energy can be integrated into the country’s century-old electrical grid to future-proof the power supply and benefit every New Zealander.

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