A recent United Nations paper on emerging climate technologies in the energy supply sector gave considerable consideration to airborne wind. The paper demonstrated a thorough understanding of airborne technology, clearly outlining the key benefits and downsides in comparison to other energy systems in over 60 references. The technical paper, which provides an “overview of the technologies, their state of play, and potential climate change mitigation and adaptation impacts” was developed with the contribution of the Government of Japan. This coverage follow the...

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Registration is now open. https://awec2021.com/registration We will see fascinating documentations of industrial developments, ongoing research projects and engaging panel discussions about key themes for the commercialization of the technology. In addition to the learning component, the conference will also be the perfect opportunity to network within the emerging community. See you at AWEC 2021 on 22-24 June 2022 in Milan! ...

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A panel of Shell technology experts has selected Airborne Wind Europe´s member Windswept and Interesting Ltd, a start-up company based in Shetland, UK, to receive advice and funding through the Shell GameChanger programme. https://www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/entrepreneurs-and-start-ups/shell-gamechanger/shell-gamechanger-supports-windswepts-kite-turbine-automation-project.html ...

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Congressionally directed report by Department of Energy, Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO), assessing the potential for, and technical viability of, Airborne Wind Energy in the United States, published.WETO completed an assessment of the potential for, and technical viability of, airborne wind energy systems as means to provide a significant source of energy in the United States. Challenges and Opportunities for Airborne Wind Energy in the United States (Nov.21) www.energy.gov/eere/wind/articles/new-report-discusses-opportunities-and-challenges-airborne-wind-energy ...

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iea Wind task 48 Airborne Wind Energy was successfully kicked off on 27/ 28 October 2021. Altogether more than 100 people from 15 countries and over 60 institutions worldwide have attended the meeting. https://iea-wind.org/task48/ ...

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A master thesis, commissioned by Airborne Wind Europe, TU Delft and Ampyx Power within the Interreg MegaAWE project, compared a theoretical 5MW fixed-wing Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) system with a 5 MW Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) system. The results – even considering the various uncertainties of upscaling AWE to MW-scale –  are promising: The AWE system requires 70% less material than a HAWT system to produce the same amount of electricity. The Global Warming Potential (GWP) of the AWE...

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IRENA recommends to „Invest in RD&D for airborne wind energy and the creation of artificial islands, which harbour combined technology renewable power generating systems. Since these two emerging technological trends are in less-mature stages compared to other offshore technologies, policy makers could invest in their advancement through RD&D programmes.“ https://www.irena.org/publications/2021/Jul/Offshore-Renewables-An-Action-Agenda-for-Deployment ...

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A new stamp sheet from PostNL and TU Delft focuses on the innovative capacity of The Netherlands. The illustrations on the stamps refer to various innovations developed by scientists from our university in collaboration with the government and businesses. The 10 stamps of the Innovative Netherlands stamp sheet show a cheerful illustration about a special innovation project of TU Delft, made by cartoonist Erwin Suvaal. On the stamps is clearly shown that innovation can be found in a wide range...

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On March 2‒3, 2021, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducted a virtual workshop to evaluate the status, potential development, and technical viability of AWE systems as a source of energy in the United States. Stakeholder input provided at the workshop will contribute to the report to Congress. This report summarizes key workshop findings, current technology research and development (R&D) activities in the United States, and opportunities and potential modes of collaboration and coordination for future technology R&D activities. Proceedings of...

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