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Empowering youth through our AGGAT program

Intern Researcher Hussein Salman joins us from the University of Auckland, where he has just finished his third year in his Bachelor of Engineering Mechatronic studies. With us over the next month, he’ll be working on the design, mechanical drawings and sensor placement for a hermetic generator casing under the supervision of our Research Engineer…

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A ‘top’ tour of Top Energy

Recently, our Intern Researcher Jenny Knittel had the opportunity to visit Top Energy Limited at Ngawha Springs, as we work to explore waste heat opportunities throughout New Zealand for the benefit of our AGGAT partners and members. A local electricity generation and lines network supplying power to 30,000 consumers throughout the mid- to far-north of…

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HERA doesn’t go unnoticed at NZGW2016

The end of November saw a heavy contingent of our AGGAT team attend the 38th New Zealand Geothermal Workshop at the University of Auckland – as we work to share our research and development findings to create collaborative global opportunities in the clean energy space for our members. Highlighting five AGGAT research focuses, our team presented…

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Call for interest – Building research partnerships

HERA has been actively working with the University of Auckland over the past three months to move into a partnership based model for the future of our AGGAT program. This will span long term developments typically over 5-7 years and have co-funding support from the government – applicable to organisations within industry as well. As…

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AGGAT materials test rig now installed on site!

Our Industry Development AGGAT program team is pleased to announce the on-site installation of our Materials Test Rig at the Ohaaki Thermal Kilns grounds. This couldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of the following members: BOP Gear Cutters Contact Energy Dobbie Engineers H. J. Asmuss & Co. Index Engineering Initiative Engineering Jensen Steel Fabricators…

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Lets not waste ‘waste heat’!

Through our Industry Development team we have a research project underway in our AGGAT research program to collect waste heat information from process industries across New Zealand. The output will be to create a waste heat map identifying waste heat zones across the country. These zones include (but aren’t limited to) refineries, cement works, foundries,…

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HERA and Maori Trust plan for a geothermal paradise

We’re proud to announce that HERA has recently entered into a partnership with Rotorua based Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust group to jointly develop their geothermal resource for commercial opportunities. We’re excited about positively impacting the local region of Rotorua through economic and job opportunities. We believe our work will make a positive difference not only for…

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Building new relationships with Maori Trust

HERA Senior Research Engineer and AGGAT Programme Manager Dr. Boaz Habib recently met with representatives of Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust in Rotorua to discuss plans for a new geothermal project. This relationship will see us designing a heat distribution system using heat sources from geothermal bores to help the Trust in creating a modern complex of…

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Collaboration with SKF for AGGAT turbo-generator research progresses further

Our international alliance with S2M-SKF progressed further last month when HERA Research Engineer Dr. Lei Chen visited SKF representatives in Vernon, France. The meeting was to present our latest work on turbine design and integration with SKF magnetic bearings and outline next steps in our collaborative research. HERA will be making modifications to the turbine…

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AGGAT research makes its mark in Belfast

Our AGGAT engineers Dr. Lei Chen and Dr. Haiam Abbas attended and presented at the recently held third consecutive Engine Organic Rankine Cycle Consortium (EORCC) workshop 2016 in Belfast, North Ireland. The conference attracted more than 100 representatives both from university and industry sectors of the Organic Rankine Cycle technology, 44 researchers, including four keynote…