Wind turbine innovator wins Stanford University Scholarship

Friday, 20 April 2018


A University of Newcastle innovator who developed a small wind turbine with remarkable capacity, has won the inaugural Stanford Australia Foundation – CSIRO Scholarship.

Joss Kesby
Joss Kesby,  CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall, Samuel Evans and James Bradley

Joss Kesby, team leader and co-founder of Diffuse Energy, with James Bradley and Sam Evans, was last night recognised at the annual CSIRO ON Demo Night, which saw 10 science and technology research teams from across Australia pitch their innovations and ideas.

The teams, part of the fourth cohort of the ON Accelerate Program  - Australia's national science and technology accelerator - powered by CSIRO, presented their ideas to industry, potential investors and stakeholders from across the country, to accelerate their sci-tech research innovations and ideas towards success as ongoing ventures beyond the program.

The inaugural Stanford Australia Foundation – CSIRO Scholarship recognises the individual who has displayed the most ‘entrepreneurial capacity’ in the ON Accelerate Program.

The scholarship is a $30,000 contribution towards course fees and economy travel for Mr Kesby to attend a Stanford University program, run through the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) in California, USA. One of the seven schools at Stanford University, Stanford GSB is one of the top business schools in the world.

Diffuse Energy developed a small wind turbine that, through being enclosed within a diffuser, can produce nearly twice the power output of existing wind turbines of the same size.

The addition of the diffuser also makes the turbine safer and quieter than existing turbines, both of which are key considerations for potential customers. The team has developed a methodology that can optimise a diffuser augmented wind turbine for a range of wind conditions.