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Electrical Technologies Available for Licensing

These are some of the technologies available from The University of Auckland through UniServices. 

Remember with UniServices if you pay for it, you own it, the IP will be assigned to you. 


A low cost, patented technique for generating single phase electricity using a three-phase cage induction machine under variable speed conditions.
Suitable for small wind turbines and mini hydro schemes.

A novel mutual-inductance-based technique for measuring core losses in magnetic components of Switched-Mode Power Converters under DC bias, based on newly identified phenomena and enabling higher accuracy in component design, with increased converter efficiency.

Increased efficiency and performance from modular multilevel converters reducing costs of converters for grid-level power systems and large motor drives.


Artificial muscles based on dielectric elastomer polymer materials are attractive for a wide range of applications due to their large active strains, self-sensing ability, flexibility and softness, low weight and volume, tolerance of harsh environments and other factors.

Performance degradation of communications systems is a major issue. The more users the slower the performance. Our novel communications technology provides a high speed, secure, non-contact, invisible (to antenna/traditional RF comms) communications system that overcomes issues with high user loads impairing performance.

A low-cost power generator that is uniquely suited to generate power directly from environmental and biological motion without the need for complicated gearboxes or transmission systems.

For over 20 years researchers at the Power Electronics Group at The University of Auckland have pioneered the invention and development of high efficiency, high power wireless power transfer. 

Inductive Power Transfer (IPT) uses magnetic fields to transfer power from transmitter (track) to receiver (pickup) instead of  cables or brushes.

Current Technologies in Development

Find descriptions of current projects accross Electrical Sciences below. Please contact our Commercialisation Managers for any License, partner or commercial enquiries by clicking the project name.            

Shell Heat Exchanger (EnPot)

The Light Metals Research Centre at The University of Auckland has developed and patented heat exchanger technology that fundamentally transforms the way in which electricity is consumed during the aluminium smelting process.  It enables the modulation of electricity either up or down depending on the prevailing economic and market drivers.


An all-fibre spectroscopic fluorescence bacterial detection system that requires minimal manual intervention, and can give accurate results on site within 30 minutes. Results can show a quantification of bacterial load among other things.

Mass Spectrometer- Portable dynamic time-of-flight    

A novel time-of-flight mass spectrometer based on UniServices patented technology which promises differentiating performance for analysis of high masses, particularly suited for the growing field of proteomics.

Torroidal vortex pollination application

A precision application tool allowing accurate and narrowly confined application of spray droplets and fine particles to targets, such as pollen to flowers or targeted use of pesticides or biologicalsin the agriculture and horticulture industries.  Its use has the potential to minimise overspray by up to 90%.

3d Free Form Printing of Multiple Polymer

Truly functional materials can be printed together in free form, without need for baths, support structures or curing, allowing the advancement of 3D printing from rapid prototyping to rapid manufacture of products that can move and sense. For example, novel conductive and stretch sensitive materials will soon allow printing of functional robot ‘muscles’.

Development of an Open Source Laser Doppler Vibrometer (Laser Vibrometer)

Utilising laser power to determine the properties of materials such as the ripeness of fruit or the quality of timber no destructively, in-line and in real time.