Dr Joss Kesby

Dr Joss Kesby

Conjoint Lecturer

School of Engineering

Career Summary

Biography

I have a multi-disciplinary engineering background, having bachelor degrees in surveying and civil engineering and working in several Newcastle-based surveying and civil engineering firms throughout my career.

While my background is in civil engineering, surveying and project management my passion is renewable energy. To gain expertise in this field, I undertook a PhD in mechanical engineering at the University of Newcastle, with my research focused on optimising small-scale wind turbines.

Towards the end of my PhD I began to look at commercialising my research, undertaking CSIRO's ON Prime and ON Accelerate programs with two of my colleagues from the University of Newcastle - Dr Sam Evans and James Bradley. We started Diffuse Energy in 2018 with support from CSIRO and the University of Newcastle, with the three of us now working full-time on the company.

I continue to have a very strong relationship with the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) at the University of Newcastle, supervising PhD candidates, final year project engineering students and conducting research in collaboration with the university. I have previously taught mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, computational fluid dynamics and engineering design subjects at the university.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Surveying (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Renewable Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Wind Turbines

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified 25
090608 Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells) 75

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/11/2019 -  Conjoint Lecturer Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle
Australia
2/7/2018 - 31/10/2019 Associate Lecturer Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 S P da Costa M, Kesby J, Clausen PD, 'Structural Optimisation of 3D Printed Small Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbine Blade Using Bi-directional Evolutionary Layout Optimisation Method', Wind Energy Exploitation in Urban Environment. TUrbWind 2018 Colloquium, Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland 215-228 (2019) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-13531-7_13
Co-authors Philip Clausen

Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Kesby JE, Bradney DR, Clausen PD, 'Determining Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbine performance using a combined CFD/BEM method', SCIENCE OF MAKING TORQUE FROM WIND (TORQUE 2016), Munich, GERMANY (2016)
DOI 10.1088/1742-6596/753/8/082033
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Philip Clausen, David Bradney
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 8
Total funding $167,000

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20191 grants / $22,000

New Ventures Incubation Grant$22,000

Funds to assist Diffuse energy in extending runway for commercialisation

Funding body: CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Funding body CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Project Team

Joss Kesby, Samuel Evans, James Bradley

Scheme CSIRO New Ventures
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding C1500 - Aust Competitive - Commonwealth Other
Category 1500
UON N

20185 grants / $130,000

Jobs for NSW MVP Grant$50,000

Grant to assist with the prototype development and field testing of a small wind turbine

Funding body: NSW State Government

Funding body NSW State Government
Project Team

Joss Kesby, Samuel Evans, James Bradley

Scheme Jobs for NSW
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

CSIRO - Stanford Australia Scholarship$30,000

Funding body: CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Funding body CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Project Team

Joss Kesby

Scheme CSIRO New Ventures
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON N

Airflow over a fluid coupling$25,000

Funding body: Rexnord Australia Pty Ltd

Funding body Rexnord Australia Pty Ltd
Project Team

Joss Kesby, Phil Clausen

Scheme Entrepreneurs’ Programme: Innovation Connections
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111
UON N

CSIRO ON Accelerate 4$15,000

Diffuse Energy entered the CSIRO On Accelerate 4 cohort to assist with the commercialisation of the worlds most efficient small wind turbine

Funding body: CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Funding body CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
Project Team

Joss Kesby, Samuel Evans, James Bradley

Scheme Australia's National Innovation Accelerator Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON N

CSIRO ON Accelerate - High Performing Team Grant$10,000

The On Program seeks to assist researchers commercialise Australian deep tech innovation out of the lab

Funding body: CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Funding body CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Project Team

Joss Kesby, Samuel Evans, James Bradley

Scheme Australia's National Innovation Accelerator Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON N

20172 grants / $15,000

Testing a new ember blocking device to prevent loss of property and life in bush fires$12,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Industry

Funding body NSW Department of Industry
Project Team

Joss Kesby, Philip Clausen, James Bradley

Scheme TechVoucher Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220
UON N

CSIRO ON Prime 5$3,000

Funding body: CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Funding body CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Project Team

Joss Kesby, Samuel Evans, James Bradley

Scheme ON Prime
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON N
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News

Venture capitalist blown away by University-born small wind turbine startup

June 5, 2020

The University of Newcastle-based start-up, Diffuse Energy, has secured $400,000 in seed funding from Australian venture capital fund, Shearwater Growth Equity, to scale production of its promising renewable energy option.

Dr Joss Kesby

Positions

Conjoint Lecturer
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Casual Academic
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Contact Details

Email joss.kesby@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Room ES320
Building Engineering Science (ES)
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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