Profiles of Transition Engineering PhD and Masters Scholars
Transition Engineering began to emerge in 2001 when the AEMSLab research group at Canterbury University started a research project looking at energy and transport. Dr. Andre Dantas (Civil Engineering), Dr. Susan Krumdieck (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Shannon Page (Physics and Mech Eng) developed for the first time an approach to link together the transport energy, access to activities, geographic relationships, transport networks and available modes, and risk.
By 2005 the AEMSLab research group was exploring some heretical ideas. Jake Frye modeled the introduction of wind turbines into the microgrid at Scott Base Antarctica which was supplied by jet fuel in diesel generators. His modeling of different numbers of different turbines demonstrating how integration of intermittent renewables can actually cause higher fossil fuel consumption if the whole system design integration and operation is not done carefully. Jake also looked at voluntary demand participation - could the laundry load for the linens be informed by the availability of wind and matched to the resource? More linens would need to be purchased so that loads could be curtailed during periods of low wind and put on when the wind was available. Kerstin Eiselbrecher carried out a Masters thesis on the economic model for voluntary demand response in the residential sector. Shannon Page worked on CCS, Hydrogen/Fuel Cells, and Biofuel myth busting. Andy Hamm's PhD thesis was a first-of-a-kind look at sustainable energy development in remote traditional communities from the perspective of the indigenous people.