ARENA funding to accelerate small wind turbine innovation
University of Newcastle-born startup, Diffuse Energy, has secured more than $920,000 in funding contributions, including $341,990 from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to deploy its small wind turbine technology in remote locations across Australia.
Ten small wind turbines will be installed on a variety of remote telecommunications sites with a focus on securing 10 years of wind turbine operational data and validation of Diffuse Energy’s technology in the Australian market.
A Diffuse Energy turbine is lightweight, spans less than a metre, and is engineered to plug into existing telecommunications infrastructure, converting the setup from diesel power generation to renewable-hybrid.
The project will support four full time jobs in regional NSW along with additional employment in domestic hardware manufacturing and electrical controller design.
Diffuse Energy is based at the University of Newcastle’s Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) Williamtown Hub.
Pictured, the Diffuse Energy team: Joss Kesby, Sorrel Osbourne, James Bradley, Samuel Evans
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