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Research Papers


2017

Journal Papers

Smart grid research in New Zealand - A Review from the GREEN Grid research programme – Stephenson, J., Ford, R., Nair, N-K., Watson, W., Wood, A., Miller, A. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2017). Available online

Effect of temperature on electrical conductivity of green sapwood of Pinus radiata (radiata pine) - Nursultanov, N., Altaner, C. & Heffernan, W.J.B. Wood Sci Technol (2017) 51: 795. doi:10.1007/s00226-017-0917-6 – available Wood Science and Technology (May 2017 – online)

 

EEA Conference, 21-23 June 2017, Wellington

EPECentre and GREEN Grid Papers and Presentations (PDFs)

Transitioning New Zealand to Renewable Energy
Presentation Slide
Dr Ian Mason, Harry Gates, Henna Chua, Dr Allan Miller

Online Conditioning Monitoring of Electricity Assets – a Literature Review
Presentation Slide
Campbell McDiarmid, Dr Allan Miller

Electrical Vehicle Storage Technologies and Range
Presentation Slide
Leatham Landon-Lane, Dr Allan Miller, Dr Aaron Marshall, Ass Prof Paul Gaynor
Leatham received the EEA conference Best Paper Award (Student) for this paper.

Effects of time-scale on householder PV economic analyses: over-estimation of self-consumption
Presentation Slide
Daniel Brown, Dr Sharee McNab, Dr Allan Miller


EPECentre and GREEN Grid Posters (PDF)

EECA energywiseTM Solar Calculator 
Dr Sharee McNab

DGHostTM Service for Modelling Distributed Generation in Low Voltage Networks
Dr Sharee McNab

EEA consultation draft: Guideline for the connection of small-scale inverter based distributed generation
Dr Richard Strahan

UC Motorsport - FSAE electric racing car
Willy Dunlop

 

GREEN Grid Conference, 15 February 2017

Programme

Presentations (PDF)

Introduction, Dr Allan Miller

Update on the EECA energywiseTM Solar Calculator, Allen Davidson (EECA) and Dr Allan Miller

Residential demand management with thermo-electric appliances, Dr Michael Jack (CSAFE, University of Otago)

Residential electricity data and the reliability of self-reported use, Dr Kiti Suomalainen (CSAFE, University of Otago)

Impact of renewable generation on frequency quality, Dr Alan Wood and Josh Schipper

EEA Guide for the Connection of Small-Scale Inverter-Based DG – Purpose, Juliet Clendon (EEA)

EEA Guide for the Connection of Small-Scale Inverter-Based DG, Dr Allan Miller

Low Voltage Network Management, Glenn Coates (Orion)

Using DGHostTM to determine the Hosting Capacities of Low Voltage Networks, Dr Sharee McNab

Grid Safety and Protection with SSDG, An Electricity Distributor’s Perspective, Russell Watson (Northpower)

Grid Safety and Protection with SSDG up to 10 kVA, Dr Nirmal Nair

Posters (PDFs)

The Value of Frequency Keeping and Governor Response to New Zealand

Dynamic wind farm power simulation

Impacts of New Technologies on Load Profiles

The Economics and Potential Uptake of PV Solar Power by Region and System Cost

EEA consultation draft: Guideline for the connection of small-scale inverter based distributed generation

LV Network Hosting Capacity of Distributed Generation and the DGHost Service

Small-scale PV inverters - New equipment standards versus actual performance

Power Quality Trending

Rapid EV Chargers: Implementation of a Charger

 


2016

Thesis

Quantifying the benefits from the spatial diversification of wind power in New Zealand
Dougal McQueen

Solar and Wind Integration workshops in Vienna (14-17 November 2016)

New Zealand Guideline for the Connection of PV Solar Power and Determining Hosting Capacity for PV Solar Power
Presentation Slide
Dr Richard Strahan, Dr Sharee McNab, Shreejan Pandey, Scott Lemon, Dr Allan Miller, Prof Neville Watson, Dr Alan Wood, Tim Crownshaw

The Value of Frequency Keeping and Governor Response to New Zealand
Presentation Slide
Josh Schipper, Dr Alan Wood, Dr Allan Miller, Conrad Edwards

Solar Integration Workshop - CLOSING SESSION: FUTURE ROLE OF STORAGE FOR PV INTEGRATION
Panel Presentation Slide
Dr Allan Miller

 

EEA Conference, 22 - 24 June 2016, Wellington

EPECentre and GREEN Grid Papers, Presentations and Posters (PDFs)

The EECA energywise (TM) PV Solar Calculator
Dr Alan Wood, Dr Allan Miller, Dr Sharee McNab, Scott Lemon

Guideline for the connection of small-scale inverter based distributed generation: an introduction and summary
Presentation Slide
Dr Allan Miller, Dr Richard Strahan, Dr Sharee McNab, Tim Crownshaw, Shreejan Pandey, Prof. Neville Watson, Scott Lemon, Dr Alan Wood

Rapid EV Chargers: Implementation of a Charger
Presentation Slide
Poster
Ben Jar, Prof. Neville Watson, Dr Allan Miller

Small-scale PV inverters - New equipment standards versus actual performance
Presentation Slide
Poster
Dr Bill Heffernan, Patrick Chen, Ankur Mishra

Dynamic wind power simulation
Presentation Slide
Poster
Dougal McQueen, Dr Alan Wood, Dr Allan Miller

The Power Quality trend in a New Zealand Distribution Company
Presentation Slide
Poster
Hans Wijaya, Prof. Neville Watson, Gavin Bonnett

The Value of Frequency Keeping and Governor Response to New Zealand,
Presentation Slides
Poster
Josh Shipper, Dr Alan Wood, Conrad Edwards, Dr Allan Miller

Impacts of new technologies on load profiles,
Presentation Slides
Poster
Michael Campbell, Dr Allan Miller, Prof. Neville Watson

The Economics and Potential Uptake of PV Solar Power by Region and PV System Cost
Presentation Slides
Poster
Dr Sharee McNab, Dr Allan Miller, Scott Lemon, Dr Alan Wood

Determination of Distributed Generation Hosting Capacity in Low-voltage Networks and Industry Applications
Presentation Slide
Tim Crownshaw, Dr Allan Miller, Scott Lemon, Dr Sharee McNab, Dr Richard Strahan

Mind the Gap
Presentation Slide
Andrew Lapthorn, Shreejan Pandey, Marion Sorez

Three Phase Partial Discharge Investigation of a 108 MW Hydro Stator
Presentation Slide
Andrew Lapthorn, Yanosh Irani, Wade Enright, Paula Race, Kar Schicker, Colin McDonald

 

EEA Asset Management Workshop, 22 June 2016

Draft EEA Guide for Connection of Small-Scale Inverter Based Distributed Generation

Draft EEA Guide for Connection of Small-Scale Inverter Based DG, Introduction and Background, Dr Allan Miller

Draft Guideline for the connection of small-scale inverter based distributed generation, Dr Richard Strahan
Poster

Hosting Capacity Determination, Dr Sharee McNab

Determining Network Congestion, Dr Sharee McNab

 

GREEN Grid Conference, 10 February 2016

Programme

Presentations (PDF)

Introduction, Dr Allan Miller

Smart Grid Edge Technologies in New Zealand, Dr Rebecca Ford

Household Demand and Demand Management Opportunities, Dr Michael Jack

Evaluating Hosting Capacity and Congestion in Low Voltage Networks with Distributed Generation, Dr Sharee McNab

Medium Voltage Network Modelling, Scott Lemon

Key Findings from Vector's Residential PV trials, Kate Murphy

Protection and Safety of PEople, the LV Network, DG Systems and Homes, Dr Nirmal Nair

EV Update in New Zealand, Dr Janet Stephenson

EV's and their Impact on Network Power Quality, Dr Neville Watson

Posters (PDFs)

Managing Renewable Energy Variability

Economics of PV

What Is GREEN Grid?

Electric Vehicles and Demand Response

Environmental Aspects of Photovoltaic Solar Power

Demand Response in New Zealand

Simulating the Impact of Distributed PV in Distribution networks - Overview; Irradiance; PV Systems

PV Solar Inverter Testing

Other Papers

Energetic and economic optimisation of islanded household-scale photovoltaic-plus-battery systems
Renewable Energy Vol. 96 (October 2016), pp: 559-573
(link)
Dr Ian Mason and Dr Allan Miller

 


2015

Dynamic Wind Farm Power Simulation, 14th Wind Integration Workshop, Brussles, October 2015 (PDF)
Dougal McQueen, Alan Wood, Dr Allan Miller

Wind Power Simulation Using Correlated Innovation Matrix and Wavelet Multi-Resolution Analysis Approaches, 14th Wind Integration Workshop, Brussles, October 2015 (PDF)
Dougal McQueen, Alan Wood, Dr Allan Miller

Impact of Solar Photovoltaics on the Low-voltage Distribution Network in New Zealand (PDF)
Jeremy Watson, Professor Neville Watson, David Santos-Martin, Alan Wood, Scott Lemon, Dr Allan Miller

Economics of Photovoltaic Solar Power and Uptake in New Zealand (PDF)
Presentation Slides - EEA Conference 2015 (PDF)
Dr Allan Miller, Dr Michael Hwang, Scott Lemon, Dr E. Grant Read and Dr Alan Wood

Electric Vehicles and Demand Response: An Economic Perspective (PDF)
Presentation Slides - EEA Conference 2015 (PDF)
Dr Michael Hwang, Dr Alan Wood, Professor Neville Watson and Dr Allan Miller

Power Quality Indices (PDF)
Presentation Slides - EEA Conference 2015 (PDF)
Professor Neville Watson and Dr Allan Miller

Impact of Electric Vehicle Chargers on a Low Voltage Distribution System (PDF)
Presentation Slides - EEA Conference 2015 (PDF)
Professor Neville Watson, Jeremy D. Watson, Russell M. Watson, Kashani Sharmaand and Dr Allan Miller

Smart Meters to Monitor Power Quality at Consumer Premises (PDF)
Presentation Slides - EEA Conference 2015 (PDF)
Michael Campbell, Professor Neville Watson and Dr Allan Miller

Environmental Aspects of Photovoltaic Solar Power: The New Zealand Context (PDF)
Presentation Slides - EEA Conference 2015 (PDF)
Luke Schwartfeger and Dr Allan Miller


2014

GREEN Grid Conference, 5 November 2014

Session 1: Photovoltaic (PV) Uptake (PDF)

Session 2: Electric Vehicle (EV) Adoption - Initial Findings (PDF)

Session 3: Energy Use in Homes and Opportunities for Home Energy Management (PDF)

Session 4: Modelling of Distributed Generation in the Distribution Network (PDF)

Session 5: Power Quality Measurements (PDF)

Session 6: Protection with Distributed Generation (PDF)


Photovoltaic Solar Power Update in New Zealand (PDF)
Presentation Slides - EEA Conference 2014 (PDF)
Dr Allan Miller, Dr John Williams, Dr David Santos-Martin, Scott Lemon, Professor Neville Watson and Shreejan Pandey

Review of Distributed Generation Interconnection Standards (PDF)
Luke Schwartfeger, Dr David Santos-Martin, Dr Alan Wood, Professor Neville Watson and Dr Allan MIller

Low Voltage Network Modelling (PDF)
Jeremy Watson, Professor Neville Watson, Dr David Santos-Martin, Scott Lemon, Dr Alan Wood and Dr Allan Miller

Power Quality Management (PDF)
Professor Neville Watson, Vic Gosbell, Sarath Perera and Sean Elphick

Systems to Implement Demand Response in New Zealand (PDF)
Dr Richard Strahan, Dr Allan Miller and Quintin Tahau

Zen and the Art of Engineering Education (PDF)
Shreejan Pandey, Dr Andrew Lapthorn, Yanosh Irani and Dr Allan Miller

 

IET Journal of Engineering: Heat-pump Performance: Voltage dip/sag, under-voltage and over-voltage (PDF)
Dr Bill Heffernan, Professor Neville Watson and Jeremy Watson

 


2013

Electric Vehicles in New Zealand: Technologically Challenged? (PDF)
Scott Lemon and Dr Allan Miller

Moving to the Sunnyside of the Street: Growing Residential Solar Electricity in New Zealand (PDF)
Dr Alan Wood, Dr Allan Miller and Nicholas Claridge

Electric Vehicles in New Zealand: From Passenger to Driver? (PDF)
Scott Lemon and Dr Allan Miller

Smart Grids: Fact or Fiction? (PDF)
Dr Allan Miller and Dr Alan Wood

Harmonic performance of heat-pumps (PDF)
Dr Bill Heffernan, Dr Neville Watson, R Buehler and J Watson

 

EEA Conference: Practical Application of Joule Heating to the Sterilization of Plantation Grown Pinus radiata Logs (PDF)
Dr Bill Heffernan

2012


A Study Into Potential Health Effects of Radio Frequency Emissions from Smart Meters

Brief summary (PDF)

Full EPECentre Report (PDF)

IET Power Electronics Journal: Silicon carbide JFET reverse conduction characteristics and use in power converters (PDF)
Rory Shillington, Paul Gaynor, Michael Harrison, Dr Bill Heffernan


2011 and earlier

Power Quality Workshop Report 2009 – Power Quality in Future Electrical Networks (PDF)

Guide to Power Transformer Specification Issues (PDF)

EEA Conference 2008: LED Lighting for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Premises (PDF)

AUPEC Conference 2010: A Go-cart as an Electric Vehicle for Undergraduate Teaching and Assessment. The characteristics of CFLs; beyond the harmonics. Applications of Silicon Carbide JFETs in Power Converters
Paper 1 Maarten Schinkelshoek, Professor Neville Watson, Dr Bill Heffernan (PDF)
Paper 2 Dr Bill Heffernan, Richard Duke, Richard Zhang, Paul Gaynor and Michael Cusdin (PDF)
Paper 3
Rory Shillington, Paul Gaynor, Michael Harrison, Dr Bill Heffernan (PDF)