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New Zealand's Centre of Excellence for Power Engineering. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Past Events

Solar and Wind Integration Workshops, Vienna, Austria

Two papers have been presented by the EPECentre at the Solar and Wind Integration workshops in Vienna (in November 2016)

Check out more information about the Solar workshop. 
Check out more information about the Wind workshop.

EPECentre GREEN Grid Team Scoops Awards at EEA Conference

Congratulations to Sharee McNab and Ben Jar who won awards at the recent EEA Conference held in Wellington in June 2016. Ben won the best student paper award, for his paper on electric vehicle rapid chargers, and Sharee won a merit award in best paper for her presentation of a paper investigating the economics of photovoltaic solar power by region in New Zealand.

Check out the full article here.

EEA Conference, Wellington, 2016

The EPECentre attended this year's EEA Conference in Wellington. For further information regarding the Conference, please click here.

The EPECentre's EEA papers and presentations from the Conference can be found here.

GREEN Grid Conference 2016

The 2016 GREEN Grid conference took place on 10 February 2016 at the MBIE offices in Wellington. 

For more information, check the GREEN Grid page

EPECentre with UC What if Wednesdays Presents:

What if... You had solar power on your home?

Solar power, from photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, is growing rapidly in New Zealand. However, at about 5.5 Watts per person, New Zealand is a long way behind its neighbour Australia, at 180 Watts per person. Germany, the world leader, is at 440 Watts per person. This presentation introduces solar PV technology, examines the worldwide solar PV market, and solar PV in New Zealand. In looking at solar PV in New Zealand, the presentation looks at the uptake, economics, environmental aspects, and impact on the electricity grid. This work comes from the ‘Renewable Energy and the Smart Grid’ research project (also known as GREEN Grid) led by the Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre) at the University of Canterbury. Shreejan Pandey, Manager of the EPECentre will talk about his experience installing solar PV on schools in Tonga, as part of an international aid programme.

The presentation covers the following:

EPECentre with UC What if Wednesdays Presents:

What if... We all drove electric vehicles?

Electric vehicles could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provided the electricity required to power them is from renewable generation. However currently New Zealand has so few electric vehicles that we are not seeing any benefit. The presentation discusses how light passenger vehicles are a large contributor to New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions because our vehicle fleet is almost entirely based on inefficient fossil fuel powered internal combustion engine vehicles. Converting to electric vehicles would make a tangible difference to our emissions, but would require the additional electricity consumption to be met with new renewable energy. However, this presentation shows that there are other environmental aspects to consider, and the impact on the grid of many electric vehicles switching on at once to charge requires careful management. In discussing these factors, this presentation highlights the future need for skills and training in New Zealand to cope with such issues from the rise of new technologies in the electricity sector, including electric vehicles.

Solar Panels for Tonga Project