Professor Grant Anthony Covic
BE (Hons), PhD
- 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.
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)
- Pearce, M. G. S., Covic, G. A., & Boys, J. T. (2019). Robust Ferrite-Less Double D Topology for Roadway IPT Applications. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, 34 (7), 6062-6075. 10.1109/TPEL.2018.2883129
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matthew Pearce
- Tejeda, A., Kim, S., Lin, F. Y., Covic, G. A., & Boys, J. T. (2019). A Hybrid Solenoid Coupler for Wireless Charging Applications. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, 34 (6), 5632-5645. 10.1109/TPEL.2018.2867430
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Seho Kim, Jackman Lin
- Chen, W., Covic, G. A., & Boys, J. T. (2018). Comparison of meander track primary topologies for EV roadway charging. Proceedings: IECON 2018 - 44th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. 10.1109/IECON.2018.8591600
- Tulabing, R., James, J., Mitchell, B., Park, H., Boys, J., Salcic, Z., & Covic, G. (2018). Mitigation of Local Grid Congestion Due to Electric Vehicles Through Localized Demand Control. International Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies, ISGT Asia 2018. 10.1109/ISGT-Asia.2018.8467768
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Zoran Salcic
- Kim, S., Covic, G. A., & Boys, J. T. (2018). Comparison of tripolar and circular pads for IPT charging systems. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 33 (7), 6093-6103. 10.1109/TPEL.2017.2740944
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Seho Kim
- Lin, F., Covic, G. A., & Boys, J. T. (2018). A Comparison of Multi-Coil Pads in IPT systems for EV Charging. Paper presented at 10th IEEE Annual Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), Portland, OR. 23 September - 27 September 2018. 2018 IEEE ENERGY CONVERSION CONGRESS AND EXPOSITION (ECCE). (pp. 8).
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jackman Lin
- Beh, H. Z. Z., Neath, M. J., Boys, J. T., & Covic, G. A. (2018). An Alternative IPT Pickup Controller for Materials Handling using a Current Doubler. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 1-1. 10.1109/TPEL.2018.2801247
- Tejeda, A., Carretero, C., Boys, J. T., & Covic, G. A. (2017). Ferrite-less circular pad with controlled flux cancelation for EV wireless charging. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 32 (11), 8349-8359. 10.1109/TPEL.2016.2642192