Mobile Power Unit Prototype Developed by University of Canterbury
The University of Canterbury has developed a prototype for a mobile power unit that will assist the Red Cross in deploying radio transmitters to emergency situations.
A recent engineering graduate, Rebecca Lindsay, has been working on the device with HIKO Unlimited, an energy systems company. The unit will be small, fast-charging and air-safe. It uses a new type of energy storage that allows for a smaller form factor and less complex design. This will be invaluable to the Red Cross, who require reliable communication methods.
The initial prototype is currently able to successfully charge and discharge and monitor and record operational data. An improved design is currently under development.
HIKO Unlimited’s Co-founder believes that working together with ambitious young students and using local centres of excellence in R&D was a useful and productive way to benefit stakeholders and the New Zealand economy.