Airborne Wind Energy is a wind energy technology that is based on flying blades or wings attached to the ground by a tether. Two main principles exist how the wind energy can be turned into electricity:
AWES: electricity generation in the air (first picture) and on the ground (pumping mode, second and third picture)
Comparison of wind speeds at 500m altitude (left pictude) and at 100m altitude (right picture) drag with mouse to view both pictures. Data: ERA5 reanalysis, find more information on wind resource: here
The figure below show the wind resource potential at 100m and 200m altitude according to the Global Wind Atlas. Drag with mouse to view both pictures.
In order to find more detailed data of how much more wind AWE could harvest in your country, just go to Global Wind Atlas and choose the altitude of 200m by clicking on the little arrow in the bottom right corner.
by Udo Zillmann and Kristian Petrick“ompact Version by Udo Zillmann and Kristian Petrick
lecture by Roland Schmehl