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Small wind turbines for telecommunications

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $341,990 in funding to Diffuse Energy. The company will demonstrate the effectiveness of its micro wind turbine technology for use on off-grid telecommunications towers and broader remote applications.

With resilience a major issue for the telecommunications industry, wind turbine technology is seen as a solution to keep these towers operating.

Small wind turbines are complementary to solar PV and batteries, particularly when solar and batteries are restricted due to space restrictions or lack of sun.

As part of the $922,307 project, the Newcastle-based startup will install its turbines at 10 off-grid telecommunications towers across Australia.

Diffuse Energy CEO Joss Kesby welcomed ARENA’s support. ‘A nationwide rollout of our wind turbine technology to these sites could displace 17 GWh and 33,000 tonnes of CO2 from fossil fuelled generation per year. Equivalent to $43.9 million in savings of diesel fuel, transportation costs, and generator maintenance.’

For more information, see ARENA and Diffuse Energy.