Wind Europe interviews Kristian Petrick, Secretary General of Airborne Wind Europe
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Through an interview with our Secretary General, Kristian Petrick, we were able to point out the growth and development of airborne wind energy, its potential in the years ahead and the role of WindEurope in helping to make it mainstream.
From the scratch
Mr. Petrick started talking about our foundation in 2018, the members that compose Airborne Wind Europe count on airborne wind energy device developers, universities and academia. He also commented on the projects we are currently involved in. The fact is that “since the end of 2021 Airborne Wind Europe is an Operating Agent of the new AWE-Task 48 of the IEA Wind Technology Collaboration Programme, supported by 11 countries”. And at the same time “we are co-funded by the Interreg North-West Europe project MegAWE as well as two new Horizon Europe projects (MERIDIONAL on wind resources and JustWind4All on social acceptance)” Kristian Petrick said.
Our Secretary General also review some milestones from the last years like for example “in 2021 when Skysails sold the first commercial 150 kW system. It was amazing to see a 60m2 soft-kite managing to lift up to 3 tonnes and fitting it into a bag that was just 2.5 meters long!” highlighted Petrick.
However, he didn´t want to miss the opportunity to emphasise that to grow and to play an important role within the wind sector Petrick pointed out that “scaling too quickly isn’t wise, so all our member companies are developing systems in the 100-200 kW range as the first commercial products which can be combined with wind farms of a few MW”.
Kristian Petrick also had the opportunity to talk about the next steps we want to reach in the next few years. He used our recent White Paper from BVG Associates to calculate that “if AWE follows the same growth curve as established wind energy, the sector could reach up to 177 GW by 2050 and in a more ambitious scenario even as high as 271 GW” because “AWE makes large-scale wind energy potential accessible in altitudes up to 500 m” and “there is no other technology able to tap into this vast renewable energy resource”.
Anyway, to make it possible Airborne Wind Europe is “actively looking for joint test and demonstration sites in Europe where our members can fly 24/7, generating plenty of operational hours to further improve the systems and make them ready for global markets – onshore grid-connected, remote, offshore and so on” our General Secretary overlooked.
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