Energy research, where to now?

25 November 2010

The future of energy research is one of the topics being discussed tonight at a Dean of Engineering lecture at The University of Auckland.

Guest speaker is Luisa F. Cabeza, Professor of Thermal Engineering at the University of Lleida in Spain. Professor Cabeza is to speak about the global perspective on energy research.

Other speakers are Paul Atkins, Chief Executive at the National Energy Research Institute, who will be speaking about research-industry links and Tony Robinson, Senior Adviser at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology. Mr Robinson will discuss future opportunities in energy research.

The energy research theme lecture is the last in the Dean’s lecture series for 2010 launching the Faculty of Engineering’s four research themes. The Energy theme targets improved energy supply and use. This incorporates new sources of energy, sustainability of current forms of energy supply, and novel-low energy usage technologies.

Professor Michael Davies, Dean of Engineering says access to suitable energy supplies is a crucial component of the quality of life we enjoy and for New Zealand’s economic well-being.

“Energy is also an important issue for the economic competitiveness of business in New Zealand and abroad. As a society we must address how to meet our increasing energy demands in a sustainable way which balances economic and population growth with climate change,” he says.

Research questions around energy are wider than those that can be addressed by the Faculty of Engineering alone, says Professor Davies.

Researchers in the Energy theme maintain a variety of linkages across the University which incorporates the broader scientific, business and social issues related to energy.

Important energy-related projects happening at the University include improving the performance of wind farms, optimising electricity markets, wireless green energy systems and heat recovery from aluminium smelter cells.

Professor Luisa Cabeza’s visit is sponsored by the Seelye Charitable Trust.

Read more about Energy research at the Faculty of Engineering

Read more about the Faculty of Engineering’s research themes