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Projects and experience

13 March 2024

Find out about the research conducted at the EPECentre.


Areas of expertise:

Power System Engineering
Network Waitaki - Probabilistic EV Hosting StudyNetwork Waitaki
EV charger testingEECA
International HVDC Consulting services and special study projectIndustry consulting
Architecture of the Future Low Carbon, Resilient, Electrical Power System (FAN)
EV hosting studyOrion
Investigation of low voltage distribution pedestalsUnison
Repurposing EV batteries for stationary energy applications in NZ - Techno-commercial evaluationDARC Technology
High power testing (as a test engineer)
(See also Smart Electrode)
DNV-GL (formerly KEMA), STIMBR
High voltage testing 
(See also Smart Electrode)
HVDC and FACTS system design, power system integration studies, protection and control designUtilities world wide, GE
Renewable Energy / Energy Transition
NZ-German Platform for Green Hydrogen Integration (HINT)Catalyst Funding
Evaluation the opportunity to engineering transition to a low-carbon freight transport system in NZSwire Shipping
Optimisation of a multiple tilt angle Solar systemDARC Technology
Solar calculator (see also Green Grid)EECA
DGHost (see also Green Grid)Electricity Utilities and MBIE
Distributed generation (PV) connection guidelines (see also Green Grid)EEA and MBIE
Modelling NZ PV uptake (see also Green Grid)MBIE
Optimising power system reserve for contingencies while considering response times (see also Green Grid)MBIE
Fault location in distribution networks
Tait Electronics
Modelling controlled hot water systemsEECA
High resolution spatial and temporal solar, wind and wave power data series for New Zealand  (see also Green Grid)
Design and execution of the solution to integrate off-shore windpark into an onshore gridTennet, GE
Design and control of half-bridge DC connected dynamic braking systemSolution development, GE
Instrumentation & Sensors
Design and implementation of electric and magnetic field measurement array to measure spatial current distribution in and potential distribution across isotropic or anisotropic media with electrical excitation (see also Smart Electrode)STIMBR
Design of wide range of signal conditioners and converters for thermo-couples and other sensorsIndustrial Interface (UK)
Novel cascaded CT-based current sensors, with bilateral depletion FET switches for measuring current distribution in and voltage distribution across novel (patented) segmented electrodes (see also Smart Electrode)STIMBR
Industrial Systems
Model-based predictive control of heating of anisotropic materials such as wood (see also Smart Electrode)
Development of one-dimensional model to predict the heating of anisotropic materials such as woodSTIMBR
Three-dimensional modelling of Joule heating in heterogeneous, anisotropic media, such as woodSTIMBR
Process heat and energy modellingIPL NZ, Boise-Cascade (USA)
Process flow design, optimisation and instrumentationPetrofac LLC
Design of pneumatic scheme for log heating rigSTIMBR
Optimisation of CAPEX and OPEX (including RAM) as a part of solution designGE Tenders and contracts
Electromagnetic Solutions
High temperature brushless motor for driving jet liner engine actuator (See also European Commission - NNEOS)Héroux-Devtek
A new electromagnetic imaging method for advanced food process optimization (see also Food imaging)MBIE
High magnetic field electric propulsion for space (see also Electrification of Transport)MBIE
High efficiency, lightweight propulsion systems for electrification of transport (see also Electrification of Transport)MBIE SSIF - AETP
Testing of FET Switching Thermal PerformanceIndustry consulting
Ultra high temperature brushless motors for geothermal industry, deployed internationallyMB Century Ltd
Novel single phase permanent magnet motor custom-designed for volume productionWellington Drive Technologies Ltd, Grundfos Management A/S
Motor design consultancyUBCO Ltd, AuCom Ltd
Actuator design consultancyPulseData/Humanware Ltd
Three-dimensional modelling of electromagnetic field distribution in heterogeneous, anisotropic media, such as wood (see also Smart Electrode)STIMBR
Patented magnetic components with optimally interleaved windingsWeir Electronics
Electronics & Power Electronics Systems
FET education toolEnergy Education Trust NZ
Near-field optical lithography using evanescent wavesIBM
Photonic crystal devices including a slow light deviceIBM
World’s smallest SRAM cell (circa 2004)IBM
Battery Go-Cart synchronous MOSFET chopper with regenerative braking driving PM 24V motorUniversity of Canterbury
Novel fluorescent tube replacement system with 3 LED strings (White, Cyan-Blue, Red-Orange) driven by single modified dual-mode buck/flyback-converterSolar Bright - LED lighting
Development of trapezoidal current driver for large electromagnet - resulting in the invention of a novel BH-bridge (see also Inverting Electromagnetics)
SfTI National Science Challenge
Design and fabrication of a new generation of off-line switch-mode power suppliesWeir Electronics
Design and implementation of SCADA system implemented using Zigbee, MODBUS Ethernet and LabVIEW (see also Smart Electrode)STIMBR
Refrigerator fan motor drive COB updateWellington Drives
Performance evaluation of household technologies such as LED bulbs, heat-pumps and PV inverters (see also Power Quality)MBIE
HVDC valve performance, rating and controlUtilities world wide, GE
Design guideline package for LCC and VSC HVDC solutionsGE
Ongoing Projects

Projects listed below are current programmes or projects that EPECentre is contributing to.

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