Energy down under: A look at New Zealand

Having lived in New Zealand for five years, I much enjoyed talking to Dr. Jonathan Leaver, engineering research manager at Unitec, one of the universities in Auckland. Jonathan has played a major role in New Zealand’s energy systems for over 20 years. He paints an interesting picture: New Zealand’s isolated geographical location has lead to an energy portfolio that contains a large renewable energy mix. Electricity is generated mostly from hydro and geothermal energy. Wind is a growing energy resource. For transport, New Zealand relies on oil imports. No wonder that the New Zealanders are interested in exploring electric or fuel cell vehicles, with the electricity and hydrogen generated in New Zealand in an environmentally friendly way.


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