Renewable energy supplies and efficient energy management can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, reduce the cost of energy usage, and have a significant impact on good health, comfort, entertainment and mobility.
The Centre for Energy Research aims to provide sustainable energy solutions. Our research projects are linked with industry and local or national government.
After more than 25 years of research in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy management, Massey University established the Centre for Energy Research in 1997.
Our partners include:
A renewable energy resource is naturally occurring and theoretically inexhaustible, such as energy from the sun or wind. By definition this excludes energy derived from fossil fuels or nuclear fuels.
It is a source of energy that is not depleted when used as it is constantly replenished and will never run out in terms of human lifetimes. Renewable energy sources include solar radiation and the motion of the wind, rivers, waves or tides.
Renewable energy technology is a unit of equipment or an appliance that can capture the renewable energy resource and convert a portion of it into electricity. Heat may be a by-product.
Energy efficiency is using energy wisely and economically to provide the service required, such as:
- traveling from one place to another
- heating a home
- driving electric motors in a factory
- using low Wattage lighting in a school or commercial building.
Energy conservation is not wasting energy. This could mean walking down a flight of stairs instead of taking the lift, turning off electrical appliances when they are not being used or deciding not to travel to a given destination.
Energy management embraces all of these but also how and when to use the energy in order to keep the costs down as much as possible.
The Centre for Energy Research conducted solar water heater tests in 2000 for EECA and the NZ Consumer Association. The report was published in the January/February 2001 Consumer magazine.
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