About Us| WindEEE Research Institute | Wind Research @ Western |
The Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment Research Institute (WindEEE RI) was established in 2011 as a clear recognition of novel opportunities in wind research at Western related to the emergence of the world first three-dimensional testing chamber, the WindEEE Dome, and the potential to promote innovative research and extensive collaborations nationally and internationally.
This is reflected in our vision "to be a global leader in wind research and innovation" which drives our mandate "to make global contributions in building resilience and sustainable communities through multi-disciplinary wind research, education and innovation".
The areas of research at WindEEE target the three EEE's: wind Engineering, Energy and Environment. Main topics relate to: impact of non-synoptic wind systems (such as tornadoes and downbursts) on buildings and structures, optimization of wind farms and wind turbines, physical modelling of flow over rough surfaces, urban canopies, complex topography and forestry, outdoor and indoor air quality, and wind driven rain and snow. Also, ancillary research is conducted on risk analysis and models, power grid operations, policy, economics and decision making models.
The Institute acts as an enabler of industry-academic partnership in wind-related research in which commercial funding is matched with academic research funds in order to multiply the initial investment. Collaborations focus on, but are not limited to insurance, wind and solar energy, electric transmission/distribution, and construction materials industries. WindEEE collaborates closely with other wind engineering facilities at Western, including the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory (BLWTL), which together provide a large palette and long history of expertise in wind research and applications.
WindEEE is part of the new Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) where, together with other facilities (e.g. the Fraunhofer Project Centre and Western Accelerator Centre) will contribute to create an industry oriented research incubator at Western working with local, national and international partners. The WindEEE Institute already has an extensive national membership with more than 40 researchers from 18 universities across Canada. Internationally WindEEE collaborates with more than 30 Institutes across four continents. In October 2013, WindEEE RI organized its first "Wind Innovation Symposium" to which more than 100 participants from around the globe participated.