We are glad to welcome a new member to Airborne Wind Europe.
The Institute for Flight System Dynamics is an academic and research facility at RWTH Aachen University. The focus of research activities lies in flight dynamics systems development and assessment of automated unmanned aircraft systems, including their flight control systems. Since the beginning of the 1970s, originally operated under the umbrella of free flight experiments, numerous sovereign national, European, and industrial R&D project relevant topics were researched and competencies developed....
Elena Malz will present and defend her PhD dissertation "Airborne Wind Energy - To fly or not to fly?" on 29 September 2020, 13:00 -- 16:00 CET, online. Elena started in 2016 as AWESCO PhD researcher at Chalmers University of Technology under the supervision of Sebastien Gros. Her work was part of the work package 2 on "System Design and Optimization" of airborne wind energy systems.
The presentation will be public. More details, including the PDF of the dissertation, can be...
Makani is sharing 13 years of technical development and insights with the world via The Energy Kite Collection — a three-part technical report written by members of our team accompanied by resources including Makani’s open source Makani’s entire avionics, flight controls and simulation code repositories, flight logs for every crosswind flight of the M600 prototype, technical videos, and a non-assertion pledge for the free use of Makani’s worldwide patent portfolio.Also a feature length film to share Makani's journey from soft...
We hit a major milestone by completing our first figure-eight flight. We are proud that we came to this point in just over one year after company foundation.
IRENA calls EU governments to support emerging energy transition technologies, such as kite power and others - being crucial for the long-term energy transition and full decarbonisation of energy systems.
Support R&D, new strategies and industry clusters
Increased R&D for energy transition technologies can become an essential ingredient for COVID-19 recovery programmes. Innovation-driven industrial policies have a key role to play in addressing climate change because innovation along the value chain depends on public institutions that incentivise firms to perform in-house...
The International Energy Agency (IEA) is now putting a sharp focus on airborne wind energy in a large conference that will be held digitally on 23. and 24. September 2020.
Read more about the conference here: https://community.ieawind.org/tem102/home
For several years, Airborne Wind Europe has facilitated the IEA's work to increase knowledge and understanding of the utilization of altitude wind power.
Reliable, clean and affordable
The International Energy Agency (IEA) works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for both member countries and nations around...
On EnerKíte, the shine of success is not only coloured by the Efficient Solution Label. We are directly linked by technological innovation, because the chief engineer of Bertrand Piccard's Solar Impulse Project was also involved in the development of the ultra-light EnerKíte wing. With the Solar Impulse airplane Piccard has also crossed technological boundaries. In the twelve years between the start of the project and the round-the-world flight in 2016, he spared neither expense nor trouble in making the impossible...
Wind energy is key for NWE to meet the
Paris Agreements. NWE’s extended coastlines provide huge potential.
But today’s wind turbines encounter limitations, both on-shore
(space, public acceptance) and off-shore (space, water depth). SMEs
in NWE are strongly positioned to develop a novel alternative that
addresses these issues: Airborne Wind Energy Systems (AWES), aircraft
tethered to compact ground-based generators. With AWES, new locations
for wind energy can be unlocked (incl. floating offshore, rural
onshore). Energy is harvested efficiently, reducing materials,
foundations and carbon footprint, while lower visual impact can...