Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Ho Kwan Lo

Ho Kwan Lo

Master of Engineering specialising in Bioengineering

Graduated: 2015


Ho Kwan Lo received a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Auckland in 2013, and returned in 2014 to work on a Master of Engineering in Bioengineering.


Ocean energy harvesting using soft generators

The ocean presents an abundant source of renewable energy in the form of current flow and waves. This source of energy is largely left untapped due to limitations in existing technology. These limitations include poor mechanical impedance matching and costly complex design with many moving parts. Dielectric Elastomer Generators (DEGs) are an emerging technology which shows great potential for harvesting energy from the ocean. Light and soft, these polymer-based transducers allow for new methods of harvesting mechanical energy, resulting in compact designs with fewer parts.

Potential applications for DEG technology range from powering small remote sensors to powering the grid. The aim of this project is to develop a DEG for harvesting ocean energy and characterise its performance.


Associate Professor Iain Anderson


Research groups/projects

Biomimetics Laboratory