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The AGGAT team is a unique collection of:

  • World class researchers from the highest ranking NZ universities, institutes and researcher organisations;
  • Respected heavy engineering industry partners with proven engineering, fabrication and manufacturing skills;
  • Research teams comprising of post-doctoral research fellows, PhD and Masters researchers and research interns;
  • Industry partners providing support through providing access to their sites and heat resources;
  • International R&D partners specialising in aspects of power generation technology.

The science base for the programme is co-funded by the NZ government from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and industry.




AGGAT is a project of the New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA). It is run in cooperation with partners from industry and academia on behalf of the New Zealand industry. HERA is an industry owned, non-profit research organisation dedicated to serving the needs of metal-based industries in New Zealand. Further information about HERA is available at

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