Dr Joe Coventry

Senior Research Fellow
Research Area:
+61 2 612 52643

Dr Coventry is a researcher and engineer experienced in development and commercialisation of concentrating solar technologies. He is a Senior Research Fellow at ANU, and holds an ANU Translational Fellowship.  Prior, he was the Principal Engineer at Wizard Power, and led the engineering team and development of the Big Dish CSP technology. Dr Coventry holds a BE/BSc from the University of Melbourne (1997), and a PhD from the Australian National University (2004).

My expertise is in the field of concentrating solar systems, both concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) and concentrating solar thermal (CST). Current research projects span the following topics:

  • Development of low-cost heliostats, particularly development of low cost, highly accurate mirror panel technologies, and characterising mirror panel performance
  • Sensible sodium receiver technologies, including optimisation of receiver geometry, and understanding heat transfer and thermal stresses in the containing tubes.
  • Sodium tubular boiler technologies, coupled to a PCM storage system, particularly thermal transport phenomena of multi-phase processes.
  • Optical absorber coatings for high-flux solar receivers
  • Operation and maintenance of CST plants, particularly methods of measuring soiling levels on heliostats
  • Thermal batteries, in particular understanding the value proposition and testing high-temperature energy storage technologies

Potential student projects

Current student projects

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Research Fellow

Ms Jingjing Chen »

PhD Candidate

Mr Armando Fontalvo Lascano »

PhD Candidate

Will Logie

Mr Will Logie »

PhD Candidate

Gowtham Mohan

Mr Gowtham Mohan »

PhD Student

Mr Shuang Wang »

PhD Candidate

ENGN3000 series courses
Code Title Year 20.. Semester
ENGN3200 Engineering Internship 18, 19, 20 S1, S2, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

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