Professor Grant Anthony Covic

BE (Hons), PhD

Biography

  • Grant is a full professor at the University of Auckland. In the mid 90’s he began working with Prof. John Boys to develop the technology of resonant Inductive (contact-less) Power Transfer (IPT) and in the early 2000’s they began jointly leading a team focused on AGV applications for traditional markets, and redeveloping EV charging solutions.
  • Today Grant’s research and consulting interests are focused on industrial solutions using IPT. Over the past 15 years he has published more than 100 international refereed papers in this field, worked with over 40 postgraduates and filed over 40 patents, all of which are licensed to various global companies in specialised application fields.

    In 2010 he co-founded (with John) a new global start-up company “HaloIPT” focusing on electric vehicle (EV) wireless charging infrastructure and was joint head of research from formation until sale. 

Distinctions/Honours

Grant has been awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Prize, the Vice Chancellors commercialisation medal and the KiwiNet research commercialisation awards for scientific research which has seen outstanding commercial success.

While operating as joint head of research in HaloIPT the team was also awarded the Clean Equity Monaco award for excellence in the field of environmental engineering and two NZ clean innovation awards in the emerging innovator and design and engineering categories.

Grant is a senior member of IEEE and a fellow of both the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, and the Royal Society of New Zealand.  Presently he heads inductive power research at the UoA and co-leads the interoperability sub-team within the SAE J2954 wireless charging standard for EVs.

Areas of expertise

Inductive Power Transfer , Magnetics Modelling, and Power Electronics

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lin, F. Y., Kim, S., Covic, G. A., & Boys, J. T. (2017). Effective Coupling Factors for Series and Parallel Tuned Secondaries in IPT Systems Using Bipolar Primary Pads. IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, 3 (2), 434-444. 10.1109/TTE.2017.2648123
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jackman Lin, Seho Kim
  • Kamineni, A., Covic, G. A., & Boys, J. T. (2017). Self-Tuning Power Supply for Inductive Charging. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 32 (5), 3467-3479. 10.1109/TPEL.2016.2590571
  • Nagendra, G. R., Covic, G. A., & Boys, J. T. (2017). Sizing of Inductive Power Pads for Dynamic Charging of EVs on IPT Highways. IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, 1-1. 10.1109/TTE.2017.2666554
  • Kamineni, A., Neath, M. J., Covic, G., & Boys, J. (2016). A Mistuning-Tolerant and Controllable Power Supply for Roadway Wireless Power Systems. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 32 (9), 6689-6699. 10.1109/TPEL.2016.2622300
  • Zaheer, A., & Covic, G. A. (2016). A comparative study of various magnetic design topologies for a semi-dynamic EV charging application. 2016 IEEE 2nd Annual Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC) Auckland, New Zealand: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 10.1109/SPEC.2016.7846203
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33223
  • Tejeda, A., Carretero, C., Boys, J. T., & Covic, G. A. (2016). Core-less Circular Pad with Controlled Flux Cancellation for EV Wireless Charging. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 1-1. 10.1109/TPEL.2016.2642192
  • Beh, H. Z. Z., Neath, M., Covic, G. A., & Boys, J. T. (2016). Evaluation of a current doubler IPT pickup controller for materials handling applications. 2016 IEEE 2nd Annual Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC), 1-6. Auckland, New Zealand: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 10.1109/SPEC.2016.7846108
  • Pearce, M. G. S., Covic, G. A., & Boys, J. T. (2016). Leakage and coupling of square and double D magnetic couplers. 2016 IEEE 2nd Annual Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC), 1-6. Auckland, New Zealand: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 10.1109/SPEC.2016.7846212
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matthew Pearce