Wind Energy

Wind power

Research in the Wind Energy research cluster at the ANU and its partner organisation the WindScape Institute[1] covers a wide range of wind assessment, wind development and renewables integration topics. Examples include:

  • Remote sensing for wind and turbulence measurements (Professor Michael Shats, RSPE)
  • Development and application of CFD modelling for stratified flows in complex terrain (Dr Keith Ayotte, WindScape Institute)
  • Development of a Hybrid Deterministic Statistical Model for wind energy assessment (Dr Keith Ayotte)
  • Turbulence generation and propagation from complex topographic features (Dr Keith Ayotte, supported by Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm and Ararat Wind Farm and in conjunction with turbine manufacturer Vestas)
  • Wind prospecting in sub-Saharan Africa and Indonesia (Dr Nathan Steggel, WindScape Institute)
  • Renewables integration of hybrid wind, solar and storage projects (Dr David Osmond, WindScape Institute)
  • Legal aspects of wind energy development including internationally and regionally comparative review of planning law, approvals and EIA law, litigation, project incentives and electricity law (Dr James Prest, ANU College of Law)
  • Community concerns and health impacts of wind farms (Dr Elizabeth Hanna, National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health)


The research is complemented by a new Masters course in Wind Energy available to students in the Master of Energy Change and Climate Change degrees in addition to Physics, Engineering and other ANU undergraduates.


[1] The WindScape Institute is the technical services arm of Canberran renewable energy company, Windlab. The company was established in Canberra in 2003 out of the CSIRO’s Wind Energy Research Unit and a decade long research program on wind assessment.

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