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Ahuora

Team Ahuora

Smart solutions to difficult energy challenges require a multidisciplinary approach. Our key researchers and associates have expertise in chemical, process, materials, civil, electrical and software engineering.

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Professor Michael Walmsley

Director

Expertise: Process integration & macro energy systems

Chemical & Materials Engineer

Dr Martin Atkins

Assistant Director

Expertise: Process integration & biomass-based hybrid utility systems

Chemical & Process Engineer

Dr Tim Walmsley

Assistant Director

Expertise: Process integration, optimisation & electrification

Process Engineer

Professor Mark Apperley

Expertise: Grid-edge trading and balancing for electrical systems

Electrical Engineer & Computer Scientist

Associate Professor James Carson

Expertise: Food properties, refrigeration & heat pumps

Chemical & Process Engineer

Dr Panos Patros

Software Architecture Leader & Head of the ORCA Lab, SCMS

Expertise: Self-adaptive systems

Software Engineer

Dr Dani Bertram

Expertise: Wave and renewable energy systems

Civil & Environmental Engineer

Professor Brent Young

Director of I2C2, University of Auckland

Expertise: Digital twins, process modelling & control

Chemical Engineer

Professor Don Cleland

Massey University

Expertise: Refrigeration and heat pumps

Chemical Engineer

Dr Wei Yu

University of Auckland

Expertise: Digital twins, process modelling & control

Chemical Engineer

Dr Jim Chen

Massey University

Expertise: Thermodynamic cycles & solid fuel combustion

Chemical Engineer

Dr Duy Hoang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Expertise: Refrigeration and heat pumps

Mechanical Engineer

Dr Moe Dabbour

Postdoctoral Fellow

Expertise: Process modelling & control

Chemical & Materials Engineer

Isaac Severinsen

PhD Researcher at the University of Auckland

Topic: Efficient, dynamic, digital twin models of process unit operations using modern regression

Chemical & Process Engineer

Jun Chang

PhD Researcher at the University of Auckland

Topic: Developing a self-learning system for heat pump cycles of non-continuous processes

Chemical & Materials Engineer

Elsa Klinac

PhD Researcher

Topic: Dynamic modelling of heat recovery loops for non-continuous industrial sites

Chemical & Biological Engineer

Stephen Burroughs

PhD Researcher

Topic: Process heat recovery: specification language, modelling and optimisation

Software Engineer

Michael Kalpagé

PhD Researcher at the University of Auckland

Topic: Utilisation of Digital Twins and Wider Community Integration toward achieving Decarbonisation of Process Heat

Chemical & Materials Engineer

Keri Adamson

Master's Researcher

Topic: High-temperature, transcritical-recuperative heat pumps

Chemical & Biological Engineer

Michaela Kerr

Master's Researcher

Topic: Community microgrids with renewable generation

Software Engineer

Marcus Ly

Master's Researcher

Topic: Digital twin of a hydropower station

Chemical & Materials Engineer

Theo Brehmer-Hine

Master's Researcher at the University of Auckland

Topic: Digital twins of process heat unit operations for process decarbonisation

Chemical & Materials Engineer

Richard Chen

Master's Researcher at the University of Waikato

Topic: Integration of heat pumps for decarbonisation at Fonterra Waitoa

Process Engineer

Lana Kong

Project Coordinator & Researcher

Topic: High temperature heat pumps

Mechanical Engineer

Ben Lincoln

Researcher

Topic: Modular integration of multi-temperature heat pumps

Chemical & Biological Engineer

Matthew Taylor

Honours Researcher

Topic: Renewable energy systems integration with storage

Chemical & Biological Engineer

Sam Pomana

Honours Researcher

Topic: Heat pump integrated biomass boiler

Mechanical Engineer

Jack O'Leary

Research Assistant

Topic: Industrial energy supply with storage

Chemical & Biological Engineer

Safiya Al Habsi

Research Assistant

Topic: Top-down analysis of process energy use in New Zealand

Chemical & Biological Engineer

Keegan Hall

Research Assistant

Topic: Thermal storage integration and modelling

Chemical & Biological Engineer

Shuai Liu

Research Assistant

Topic: Harnessing low-cost variable electricity in industrial utility systems

Mechanical Engineer

Josh Taylor

Research Assistant

Topic: Advancements in heat pump and refrigeration technology

Mechanical Engineer

Jakob Thomas

Research Assistant

Topic: Biomass boiler and fuel selection tool

Chemical & Biological Engineer

Kaifu Tian

Research Assistant

Topic: Digital twin using VR and CFD

Mechanical Engineer

Billy Burton

Research Assistant

Topic: Machine learning of dynamical heat systems

Software Engineer

Kenan Grant

Research Assistant

Topic: Ahuora OpenPinch web app

Software Engineer

Shivani Singh

Research Assistant

Topic: Thermal storage for industrial sites

Chemical & Biological Engineer

Former researchers

Abbey Roberts

PhD Researcher at the University of Auckland

Topic: Modelling for energy co-optimisation with discrete state transitions

Chemical & Materials Engineer

Dr Amir Tarighaleslami

Key Researcher

Chemical Engineer

Alyssa Pineda

Honours Researcher

Topic: Electric milk evaporators

Chemical & Biological Engineer

Alex Geary

Research Programmer

Topic: Development of Ahuora platform

Computer Scientist

Chris Anderson

Master's Researcher

Topic: Self-protection for critical industrial energy systems and infrastructure

Software Engineer

Recent theses and dissertations