Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Power systems

Within this field we are interested in exploring research concerned with all topical aspects of electrical power system engineering that includes monitoring, operation, protection, control and planning.


The ongoing research interest in this area is towards current and emerging issues that impact every segment of modern electricity infrastructure that includes generation, transmission and distribution systems.

The current focus is towards integration of distributed/renewable energy sources (wind, solar & tidal) to New Zealand power system with emphasis on protection (IEC 61850, SPS, WAPS), economics (DSM, volatility) & innovations (Smart-grid, storage).

Power quality, electricity market pricing, optimisation techniques and power electronics applications to power systems are other active topics within this group. We have active engagement with several New Zealand industry stakeholders like AECOM, CSE-Arthur Fischer, Electricity Commission, Electricity Engineers' Association, Ergo Consulting, GE Energy, HVPower, Metrix, PowerCo, SKM Consulting, Transpower, Unison, Vector and many others. We are also actively involved with IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), CIGRE and IET.



Dr Nirmal Nair
Senior Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 89523