Windlab Limited (“Windlab”) is a global renewable energy development company. It was established to commercialise world leading atmospheric modelling and wind energy assessment technology, developed by Australia’s premier scientific research institute, the CSIRO. Windlab owns and exclusively utilises this suite of industry best practice tools to identify and efficiently develop, finance, construct and operate high-quality wind farms around the world, with considerably greater certainty and substantially less risk.
This technological advantage has enabled Windlab to amass a portfolio of high-quality wind farm development sites totalling 7,406 MW of potential capacity across North America, Australia, New Zealand and Southern Africa. Windlab has completed the development of 1,093 MW of capacity across three continents.
These projects are either currently under construction or are amongst the best-operating projects in their respective markets.
Windlab played a foundation role in the creation of Australia’s wind industry and is now leading the development of the industry in Southern Africa.
Windlab’s key to success is the combination of its team and advanced technology. The WindScape technology has allowed Windlabto identify literally hundreds of green-field wind farm sites at a desktop level, by wind mapping extensive territories across multiple continents to a 100m x 100m resolution, with significantly higher accuracy than other industry tools.
Windlab has investigated and secured the best of these opportunities and today is developing 48 projects with an unparalleled success rate. WindScape has allowed Windlab to achieve this rapidly whilst deploying only a fraction of the capital used by other Australian and international developers.
To be effective, wind mapping technology must cover vast areas, typically the size of complete states or even countries. At the same time resolution is important, as topographic features that accelerate the wind to economic levels can be hidden in low-resolution mapping.
WindScape is a broad area high-resolution wind mapping system that is capable of mapping vast areas at a resolution of 100m or better. Originally developed by Windlab scientists while they were with the Australian scientific organization CSIRO and then extensively developed in-house, the software uses as its starting point inputs from weather data collected around the world.