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Luke Schwartfeger


Luke is a PhD student at the EPECentre, with the GREEN Grid project. His research is investigating the implications of New Zealand’s electricity system having 90% or more renewable generation. New Zealand depends on hydro generation with storage to supply its electricity demand. With greater amounts of renewable generation, the hydro storage resource will be relied upon more and more to manage the temporal and geographical variability of new renewable generation. There is also compounding uncertainty from wind on top of hydro inflows. Luke’s research is focusing on these variability and uncertainty aspects. Prior to being a PhD candidate, Luke was a research assistant for 6 months working on a variety of GREEN Grid related projects. He completed a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours at the University of Canterbury in 2013.