Centre of Excellence in High Voltage Engineering
Centre of Excellence in High Voltage Engineering
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About Us

The Center of Excellence in High Voltage Engineering (CEHVE) at the University of the Witwatersrand is funded by the ESKOM Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) for its research and education programmes. CEHVE and EPPEI-HVAC run in parallel under the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment.

Our expertise spans over a wide spectrum of topics including:

  • High voltage engineering and Discharge phenomena;
  • Power Systems: Generation, transmission and distribution;
  • New transformer fluids;
  • Earthing, Bonding and shielding;
  • Lighning protection, EMI and EMC;
  • Renewable energies;
  • Energy security and energy economics; and
  • Energy storage systems.

Our Facilities
  • Power Systems;
  • HV Facilities;
  • Johannesburg Lightning Research Lab;
  • Real-time Digital simulator.
Areas of Research
  • HVAC and HVDC Networks;
  • Medium and low Voltage equipment;
  • Substations (excluding civil);
  • Motors and Generators;
  • Direct Current and Auxiliary supplies;
  • Metering (including smart metering);
  • Protection (Tx/Dx);
  • Telecommunications;
  • Energy storage systems;
  • Solar PV and wind energy systems;
  • Telecontrol and SCADA;
  • Hydrogen economy;
  • High voltage Switchgear;
  • Hybrid energy systems;
  • Cable systems;
  • Ester oils abd TX Fluid;
  • Metal enclosed switchgear;
  • Lightning protection;
  • Instrument transformers;
  • Characterisation of lightning;
  • Power transformers and reactors;
  • Improvised grounding systems.
Our Staff
Staff Research Interests 

Prof. Ian Jandrell


High voltage engineering, earthing and lightning protection, Electrical safety

Prof. Chandima Gomes


Lightning protection and Earthing; EMI/ EMC and HV Systems

Prof. David Dorrell


Energy conversion; Renewable energy; Power systems

Associate Professor John Van Coller


Lightning sciences; High Voltage Engineering; Power systems 

Associate Professor Cuthbert Nyamupangedengu


Transformer fluids and Nanodielectrics; Material behaviour under HV Conditions; Partial discharges

Associate Professor Ken Nixon


Lightning safety; High Voltage engineering; Programming and Data Sciences

Dr Hugh Hunt


Lightning Detection and Measurement; Lightning Protection and safety; High Voltage Engineering

Dr Carina Schumann


Lightning Physics and Characterisation; High speed imaging; Lightning Safety and Awareness