Diffuse Energy was founded by three colleagues from the University of Newcastle; Dr Joss Kesby, Dr Samuel Evans, and James Bradley. We each share a passion for sustainability and a devotion to designing a smarter, more efficient and cleaner Australian future.
A natural born leader and project manager; Dr Joss Kesby is the inventor of Diffuse Energy's high-efficiency wind turbine technology. His entrepreneurial capacity has been recognised in being awarded the 2018 CSIRO Stanford Australia Scholarship. In 2019 Joss received his PhD in wind energy from the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Dr Samuel Evans is passionate about commercialising state-of-the-art renewable energy technology. As a trained academic his career has been anything but textbook. Sam has worked in diverse fields from renewable energy to biomechanics. His work has been featured by The Royal Society, New Scientist, Australian Geographic, Fairfax media, and Nine Network News.
James has extensive experience in both engineering and business operations. James is at home leading the engineering design and product manufacture of our wind turbine technology. Prior to his time at Diffuse Energy, he had over a decade working in a variety of retail businesses, mining consulting, and engineering workshop management.
Sorrel is the former VP, Operations of martech start up Audience Republic and former COO of media start up Conversant Media (acquired by APN for $11.6M in 2016)
Charles founded his own fund management business, Risk Averse Money Managers (RAMM) and introduced Australia to index investing in the mid-80s.
He has made a number of private investments in a personal capacity covering software, digital and agriculture. He was the Chairman of WiseTech from 2006 to 2018 and remains a director and a substantial shareholder.
Zac previously worked as a consultant for IBM, Deloitte and Thoughtworks and sold his digital media business to an ASX listed company in 2016.
He sits on the board or advisory committee of Shearwater portfolio companies Playground XYZ, Earlytrade, Sitemate, SalesPreso and Diffuse Energy.
Mike was the GM of Link Telecommunications before leading a management buy-out of Health Communication Network (HCN) from the government in 1995. As MD, he saw it grow from no staff to an ASX listing during the dotcom days.
He currently has over 20 direct investments in a wide-range of companies including WiseTech, in which he invested in 2005 and where he remains a director and substantial shareholder.
He is passionate about seeing great founders grow with their businesses.
A more sustainable alternative to diesel and a more powerful solution than our competitors - meet the Hyland 920.
See what makes the Hyland 920 a leader in small wind turbine technology.
The Hyland 920 wind turbine system includes a Diffuse Energy maximum power point tracking (MPPT) controller that optimises the amount of power extracted for a given wind speed. For wind speeds beyond 18 m/s (65 kmh) the controller is designed to reduce the rotor speed to limit the power output to 1 kW and prevent the damage of electrical systems.
Noise output of modern small wind technology is low. When assessing noise levels of existing wind turbines certified by the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) average noise levels are reported at 45 dB(A) for an open-blade horizontal-axis design. Noise of this level is deemed within the range of “quiet radio music” by Safe Work Australia.
The Hyland 920 leverages over 20 years of research and development at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Mechanical components have been designed in accordance with international small wind turbine design standard IEC 61400.2-2013. State-of-the-art computer aided engineering software has been used to verify the wind turbine components. Wind loading has been calculated as per AS1170.2 for Category D wind speed with a return rate of 50 years. Composites used in construction have a minimum rated UV exposure life of 20 years.
Studies have shown that there is little evidence that wind turbines pose a significant danger to birds or bats. Diffuse Energy’s novel wind turbine technology may assist wildlife in avoiding wind turbines. Our rotor is enclosed by an aerodynamic shroud which by design prevents exposure to the blade tips. Also, the higher rotational speed of small wind turbines is a larger deterrent for animal interaction.