Airborne Wind Europe learned recently of the decision of the court of The Hague to grant ‘suspension of payments’ to member company Ampyx Power. The court has appointed a trustee to investigate options and find new investors. Founded in 2008, Ampyx has been a key player in the development of airborne wind energy systems (AWES). While Ampyx successfully, and repeatedly, demonstrated the technical viability of its systems, the deployment of new technologies is notoriously complex and costly, and such setbacks...

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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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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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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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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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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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The 32 projects selected for funding were evaluated by independent experts for their ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional technologies and to innovate beyond the state-of-the-art while being sufficiently mature to enable their quick deployment. Other criteria included the projects' potential for scalability and cost effectiveness. The selected projects cover a wide range of relevant sectors to decarbonise different parts of Europe's industry and energy sectors. The success rate of eligible proposals to this call for proposals...

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Kitepower secures €3 million for innovative airborne wind energy system Energy innovation fund ENERGIIQ, Stichting ifund and Windhandel Beheer are investing €1 million each in Kitepower. The Delft-based start-up will use the funds to commercialise its innovative airborne wind energy system (AWES) and further expand its organisation. Kitepower’s mobile energy systems can be deployed in remote rural locations where harsh environmental conditions make it impossible to install conventional renewable energy systems. EnerKíte receives commitment for €3.4 million in funding As part of the...

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The MegaAWE project aims to bring utility-scale AWES ("MW-AWES") closer to the market, readying SMEs for its roll-out in NWE and beyond.It shall achieve this by: endurance demonstration, to improve investability and secure interest of utilitiesdemonstration of key enabling modules at MW-scale, to derisk planning of commercial prototype demoan execution plan for MW-AWES commercial prototype demo, to ensure relevant innovation focus (incl. site & user requirements, design guidelines, system sizing & costing), validated by regions & users. MegaAWE investment/outputs address the recommendations...

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