Environment & Cleantech

Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitū te whenua

As people disappear from sight, the land remains

Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) is a core value of UniServices and Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland. Research into  environmental stewardship and entrepreneurship are a key focus for us. University researchers are creating wireless charging systems for electric vehicles, turning greenhouse gas emissions into solids, recovering phosphorus from wastewater,  breaking down hazardous waste, and more.

Researchers across the University focus on sustainability and sustainable outcomes. Research centres including Ngā Ara Whetū: Centre for Climate, Biodiversity and Society, the Energy Centre, the Energy and Environment Group, the Geothermal Institute, the Transportation Research Centre and the Circular Innovations Research Centre have a focus on cleantech. UniServices and the University are also part of New Zealand’s CleanTech Mission partnership.

UniServices-backed sustainability-oriented companies include Vortex Power Systems, which is working on a revolutionary method to produce clean electricity from waste heat; EnPot, which is reducing the carbon footprint of aluminium; and Cirrus Materials Science, which creates stronger coating materials with less environmental impact.

Environment & Cleantech Contacts

Analeise Murahidy

Director, Strategic Growth – Science, Engineering and Bioengineering

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Analeise has been with UniServices since 2009. She has held contract management, operations and business development roles within the tertiary sector in the UK and New Zealand. Contact about: New research opportunities in areas relating to environment and cleantech; agriculture and food; digital tech and automation; and health technologies.

Que (Howard) Zheng

Business Development Manager – Environment and Cleantech

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Howard, who joined UniServices in 2021, has experience cultivating innovations within academic and commercial environments. He holds two Master of Engineering degrees in chemical and material engineering, and a bachelor’s in biological engineering. Contact about: Advancing research and partnerships related to transportation, infrastructure, circular economy, cleantech, environment or climate response.

Benjamin Pearson

Senior Investment Manager – Engineering, Cleantech, Space Tech

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Ben joined UniServices in 2017 and is currently a senior Investment manager for the University of Auckland Inventors Fund. Contact about: Investment in engineering-related technologies including in cleantech, robotics and space.