Maximilian Isensee, Co-Founder & CEO of Kitekraft: "The wind turbine of the 21st century"   Isensee, describes in an article written in German Win Power Magazine (pages 35-37), how he and his company designed the Kitekraft system consisting of a kite that has 8 onboard (flying) wind turbines and flies autonomously in figure eight and generates electrical energy from the wind. The system needs 10 times fewer construction materials compared to a conventional wind turbine while being able to reach higher...

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Airborne wind energy (AWE) is wind 2.0 – a game-changing solution accessing the large untapped wind resource potential at heights above those accessed by established wind technology.It enables more energy to be extracted at lower carbon intensity and eventually at lower cost. Europe and other areas in the world need to access all viable natural resources they can, and AWE, alongside established wind technology, should be considered as one of the key solutions to our energy decarbonisation challenge. Download White Paper...

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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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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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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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