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Airborne wind energy (AWE) is the conversion of wind energy into electricity using tethered flying devices. Replacing towered wind turbines by lightweight tensile structure not only reduces the material effort and thus cost of energy, but also provides access to an energy potential that has not been used so far, wind at higher altitudes. In this wo...
In this work we explore the initial design space for composite kites, focusing on the configuration of the bridle line system and its effect on the aeroelastic behaviour of the wing. The computational model utilises a 2D cross sectional model in conjunction with a 1D beam model (2+1D structural model) that captures the complex composite coupling ef...
In this paper, we present an aero‐structural model of a tethered swept wing for airborne wind energy generation. The carbon composite wing has neither fuselage nor actuated aerodynamic control surfaces and is controlled entirely from the ground using three separate tethers. The computational model is efficient enough to be used for weight optimisat...
AWESCO was an interdisciplinary doctoral training network about an innovative renewable energy technology, combining eight academic and three industrial network partners with five associated partners, all selected on the basis of excellence and complementarity. The project has been awarded as a Marie Skłodowska Curie European Training Network within the EU framework programme Horizon 2020 (H2020-ITN-642682).