The OERC creates opportunities for high-impact and internationally recognised energy-related research via an interdisciplinary network of University of Otago researchers and their external collaborators. This includes:
- The Incubation of new energy-related interdisciplinary research projects,
- Driving research on energy transitions toward a more resilient and low carbon future, both within New Zealand and globally,
- The Creation of the 'UoO Energy Living Lab' to promote novel sustainable energy practices within the University and provide a testing ground for research,
- Providing a channel for energy-related external engagement at international, national and regional levels.
Guided by a diverse steering group we organise monthly seminars and an annual energy symposium, bring in eminent speakers at the forefront of energy transition research, and actively support and encourage energy research at Otago through our research funding and network.
The OERC was founded in 2005 by Emeritus Professor Gerry Carrington. It has grown to become one of the largest and most diverse, energy-research groupings in New Zealand, encompassing over 30 staff and over 40 postgraduate students from 20 departments drawn from all four Divisions of Otago University. We have over 250 people on our events mailing list, spanning Otago staff, students and the wider community.