Dr Kiti Suomalainen


Kiti studied engineering physics at Chalmers University of Technology and received her master's degree with a specialisation in industrial ecology in 2006. She gained her PhD within the MIT Portugal programme Sustainable Energy Systems in Lisbon in 2011. Kiti worked as a research fellow at the Joint Research Centre - Institute for Energy and Transport between 2011 and 2013, before joining the Energy Centre in May 2013.

Research | Current

  • Solar rooftop potential in Auckland using LiDAR data
  • New Zealand energy policy and electricity system transformation
  • Renewable energy resource correlations with electricity demand and prices
  • Wind power in the electricity market
  • Impact of wind power on electricity prices

Teaching | Current

Energy Resources: Economics of climate change block in ENERGY721 (2016)

Wind energy block in Energy Economics Summer School (2014, 2016)

Solar energy block in Energy Economics Summer School (2016)

Climate Change Economics block in ECON372 (2015)

Postgraduate supervision

Craig Sole, Comparison of solar energy solutions for New Zealand homes (MSc), Nov 2015

O'Dane Daley, Feasibility of a wind far, development at potential wind farm sites in Jamaica (MSc), Jan 2015

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Suomalainen, K., Wang, V., & Sharp, B. (2016). Solar energy potential on Auckland rooftops based on LiDAR data.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29884
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Basil Sharp
  • Suomalainen, K., & Sharp, B. (2016). Electricity sector transformation in New Zealand: A sustainability assessment approach. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 8 (3), 035902-035902. 10.1063/1.4950943
  • Suomalainen, K., Pritchard, G., Sharp, B., Yuan, Z., & Zakeri, G. (2015). Correlation analysis on wind and hydro resources with electricity demand and prices in New Zealand. Applied Energy, 137, 445-462. 10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.10.015
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Golbon Zakeri, Geoffrey Pritchard, Basil Sharp