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Moving to energy-efficient lighting more than just a bright idea

15 June 2020

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16th OERC Symposium 2022 – An Equitable and Low-Cost Energy Transition

Date: 28–29 November 2022
Venue: Room 1.17, Otago Business School, University of Otago, Dunedin

The inaugural New Zealand Hydrogen Symposium (NZHS-1)

Date: 1–3 February 2023
Venue: Will take place at the University of Otago, Dunedin

Abstract submission is open for NZHS-1, and closes on Friday 2 December at noon (NZ time).

NZ Hydrogen website

NZHS-1 is the first of this new, annual, research-focussed hydrogen symposium series. We’re thrilled that it is being supported by ‘team NZ’, including amongst others, the New Zealand Hydrogen Council, MacDiarmid Institute, Otago Energy Research Centre and many Universities and CRIs.

Furthermore, we acknowledge the key role that the recent award of four German-New Zealand Green Hydrogen grants, supported by both the German BMBF and by MBIE in New Zealand, as well as the award of other large team hydrogen research grants in NZ by MBIE, has had in leading to ‘team NZ’ establishing this new annual research-focussed H2 symposium series.

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Travel funding

Applications are being accepted for travel grants for students towards attending conferences in energy related research.

Research Funding

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Seed funding and Sub-Theme funding

Call for OERC Seed funding and sub-theme funding application.

Research Funding 

Seed Grant Awards  2020

  • Michael Jack (Physics), Janet Stephenson (Centre for Sustainability), Dougal McQueen (Aurora Energy) “Impact of financial incentives on electricity use and consequences for electricity networks: Case study of “Hour of Power” in Dunedin”
  • Sam Lowrey (Physics), Zhifa Sun (Physics) “Real-world performance of shower water heat recovery systems (SWHRS) for domestic and commercial system installations”
  • Sam Lowrey (Physics), Michael Jack (Physics), Shane Jenkins (Property Services) “Variable control, micro-compressor driven domestic dehumidification for optimised energy efficiency”

Sub-Theme Grant Award 2020

  • No Sub-Theme Grants were awarded in 2020

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Press coverage


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NZ’s environmental watchdog challenges climate policy on farm emissions and forestry offsets


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Residential colleges become more energy efficient

New watchdog backs bolder action on climate

New Zealand climate policy needs more 'bite' - environmental watchdog

Climate commission 'needs teeth': Norman

New Zealand climate policy needs more 'bite' - environmental watchdog

Climate commission 'needs teeth': Norman

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