Welcome to WindEEE Research Facility. While our mission is primarily focused on fueling Canadian and global wind and climate research, we are always trying to expand our user base and make the most of our unique capabilities. Please contact us, we are looking forward to hear your ideas and work together.
Academic – through collaborations and user services, the WindEEE Research Facility has been involved in a wide range of research areas, including :
- assessment of the impacts of extreme wind systems (such as tornadoes and hurricanes) on the built-environment
- renewable energy (such as wind and solar) resource assessment and technology development
- physical modelling of complex flow over urban canopies, topography and forestry
- outdoor and indoor air quality and thermal comfort
- wind-driven-rain, -snow and -debris; fire and smoke propagation
- wind/climate risk models
- decision-making tools for critical infrastructure
With an established network of users across Canada and around the world, we are actively pursuing new collaborations and opportunities for expanding our research portfolio.
Industry – we have long-standing, productive relationships with companies in the areas of
- Civil engineering and architecture
- Environmental technologies
- Policy and governance
- Forestry and forest-based industries
- Manufacturing and processing
We are happy to work with industry members on standard assessment or validation projects as well as collaborate towards new developments and opportunities for applied research.
General Public – from hosting charity events to public tours and support for media outlets towards educational programming, we like to use every open spot in our schedule to contribute beyond our research mandate. While we cannot guarantee availability, we welcome all ideas and requests so please contact us.
Our facilities span a wide range of equipment and the associated cost varies greatly depending on project complexity (as a combination of all required equipment and personnel) and experiment setup vs execution time. A cost estimate will be provided as soon as we have a chance to discuss the particularities of your project.
Users from Canadian academic institutions, registered non-profit organizations, indigenous groups, and government agencies will be invoiced following the delivery of results. The charged fees are at cost.
Users from private Canadian companies, users not affiliated with a company or academic institution, are required to remit partial payment prior to release of results. An invoice will be issued upon finalization of a project agreement. The charged fees include overhead recovery.
Users affiliated with Western University (including faculty, adjuncts, post-docs, graduate, and undergraduate students) are entitled to internal rates. In order to qualify for internal rates, the user must remit payment from a university-administered fund.
Every four months, matching the academic terms, the WindEEE Research Facility is offering a grant that provides in-kind service for individuals who have not used our facilities in the last two years and show financial need. An expert panel will select the winner based on the submitted proposals and their potential for research outcomes, innovation transferable to industry and overall benefits to Canadian society. The grant can only be won once.