Winning streak displays research relevance for industry

25 July 2017
Associate Professor Nirmal Nair

Associate Professor Nirmal Nair was recently presented with a Best Paper Award (Non-Member) at the 2017 Electricity Engineers’ Association (EEA) conference.

The paper, titled Assessing California’s Distribution Resources Plan approach for New Zealand Distributors is co-authored by Associate Professor Nair, Jake Zhang, Nasser Faarooqui and Waqar Qureshi. It considers the California’s Locational Net Benefit Analysis (LBNA) approach that provides provisions for assessing network benefits and costs for large scale penetration of PV, EV, storage and other Smart Grid services as applied to New Zealand's 29 Electricity Distribution Businesses.

The EEA is a recognisable body with strong links to the electricity industry and are known to provide scholarship support to institutions such as our University. Associate Professor Nair's recent win is a continuation of his success at the conference – usually receiving 'Best Student Paper' awards alongside postgraduate co-authors – between 2007 and 2009. He considers this latest honour especially significant as it “reflects the relevance of our research outputs for industry.”