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Batchelor, Alexander (author)
The Airborne Wind Energy industry is evolving rapidly, aiming to establish its position among the major players in the conventional renewable energy sector. Since this industry is relatively young, it faces various challenges with scaling and integration into society. One aspect that can be improved is the design process of soft-wing kites. The...
master thesis 2023
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Hummel, Jesse (author)
Power output during flight operation of multi-megawatt airborne wind energy systems is substantially affected by the mass of the airborne subsystem, resulting in power fluctuations. In this paper, an approach to control the tether force using the airborne subsystem is presented that improves the quality of the power output. This kite tether...
master thesis 2023
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van Breukelen García, Alejandro (author), Cerbino, Filippo (author), Dubois, Justin (author), Esser, Timo (author), Gün, Kerem (author), Jerez, Eduardo (author), Lacal Ip, Daniel (author), van Leeuwen, Roel (author), Olimid, Dominic (author), Smit, Adriaan (author), Stevens, Sebastien (author)
The aim of this executive overview is to summarise the content of this extensive report regarding the design of an Landing, Launching and Storage (LLS) system for a soft kite Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) system.<br/>An innovative idea does not translate automatically to financial gain. With new technologies, such as AWEs it is crucial to assess...
bachelor thesis 2023
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Bouman, Naomi (author)
Airborne wind energy systems offer a promising approach for renewable energy generation. However, the noise emissions associated with these systems should be understood and minimized as well to promote their integration and (social) acceptance. This research aims to identify the noise sources of airborne wind energy systems, systems with leading...
master thesis 2023
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Hall, Alize (author)
A method to help renewables flourish is mitigating the variability that is inherent in natural resources. To do so, we explore the intricacies of the relationship between airborne wind (AWE) and solar energy to uncover the possibilities of future energy-generating hybrid power plants (HPP). Which leads to steering away from fossil fuel reliance,...
master thesis 2023
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Porta i Ko, Agustí (author)
Airborne wind energy (AWE) systems benefit from a high lift airfoil to increase the power output, to that end, multi-element airfoils are investigated for AWE applications. This thesis aims to optimize a multi-element airfoil for a rigid AWE kite that operates in a pumping cycle. Since the kite has distinct operational phases, i.e., reel-out and...
master thesis 2022
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Rodriguez, Mario (author)
Using renewable energy to power a Mars habitat is a technological challenge because resources such as solar and wind are significantly weaker than on Earth. This work investigates the feasibility of using airborne wind energy (AWE) systems in combination with solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to power a Mars habitat. The Luchsinger model and the...
master thesis 2022
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Cayón Domingo, Oriol (author)
When designing an airborne wind energy system, it is necessary to be able to estimate the traction force that the kite produces as a function of its flight trajectory. Being a flexible structure, the geometry of a soft kite depends on its aerodynamic loading and vice versa, which forms a complex fluid-structure interaction (FSI) problem.<br/...
master thesis 2022
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Reuchlin, Sweder (author)
Currently, in remote off-grid locations, electricity is primarily generated using diesel generators, which is expensive and has significant carbon emissions. Alternatively, these remote locations have a huge potential for utilizing renewable energy sources. In such locations, airborne wind energy (AWE) systems could have an advantage over...
master thesis 2022
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Buendía Vela, Gabriel (author)
Airborne wind energy systems convert the kinetic energy of wind into usable power. In general terms, this power is proportional to the ratio CL<sup>3</sup>/CD<sup>2</sup> of aerodynamic coefficients. From a structural perspective, the thickness-to-chord ratio of conventional AWE wings needs to be high to withstand the high aerodynamic loads. The...
master thesis 2022
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van der Voort, Robbin (author), de Lint, Joris (author), Mingelen, Coen (author), Grootes, Ole (author), Oostwoud, Winter (author), Derie, Camille (author), Paddeu, Julie (author), Masure, Kasper (author), Van der Straeten, Mathieu (author), Wennink, Thom (author)
bachelor thesis 2022
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Westheim, Michael (author)
Interest in powered flight on Mars has been growing in recent years, and as such new developments are being made in determining the effects the Martian atmosphere has on the flow physics and performance, specifically with regards to similarity parameters: the Reynolds number &amp; the Mach number. This paper aimed to investigate whether the...
master thesis 2022
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Blom, Jelmer (author)
Accurate yet computationally efficient modelling of fixed-wing airborne wind energy systems is key in the preliminary design phase. For the simulation framework of large scale fixed-wing airborne wind energy systems an FSI model is developed that can evaluate flight states in the order of seconds and is able to account for viscosity and multi...
master thesis 2022
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Poland, Jelle (author)
Several structural models that could serve as building blocks for a next-generation FSI-based kite design tool have been developed. The models represent the leading-edge inflatable V3 soft wing membrane kite of Kitepower B.V., by using a wireframe multi-plate representation. Where the shape deformations are calculated using bridle line system...
master thesis 2022
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van Laar, Ghislaine (author)
This research examines the possible pathways and available technologies that will help the shipping sector to achieve the climate goals set by the IMO. Reaching these goals will require financial incentives and policies regarding sustainability. These policies need to describe regulations at both international and regional level given the...
master thesis 2021
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Talmar, Mihkel (author)
The quasi-steady model (QSM) was developed to calculate the power output of a soft-wing airborne wind energy (AWE) system operated in pumping cycles. The comparison with experimental data shows that the original formulation of the model underestimates the power output. The model does not take inertial forces into account and highly simplifies...
master thesis 2021
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Jonard, Swami (author)
The control and design of kites for airborne wind energy requires an extensive understanding of kite dynamics. While these have been thoroughly analyzed with fluid-structure interaction models, very little experimental data exists to validate them. Specifically, most experiments on kites so far have not obtained local measurements that can be...
master thesis 2021
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van Hagen, Luuk (author)
Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) technology provides an interesting re-design for energy generation from the wind. The value of renewable energy systems is their ability to generate electricity with reduced environmental impacts, most crucially being the Global Warming Potential. In this project, it is assessed what the impacts of a potential Multi...
master thesis 2021
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Gül, Dilge (author), Popescu Cabo, albertocornel (author), Caruso, Mateo (author), de Lange, Matthijs (author), Isidorova, Varvara (author), Kriharen Tiagoo, Kriharen (author), Sanders, Loek (author), Meyer Ranneft, Thomas (author), van der Klugt, Walter (author), Sambath, Badhrinarayanan (author)
bachelor thesis 2021
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Joshi, Rishikesh (author)
Airborne wind energy (AWE) is a new generation of wind energy technology which uses tethered kites to reach the stronger and steadier high altitude wind resource. Research and development of AWE has been accelerated in the last two decades. Around 40 institutions around the world are working on their own concepts and architectures of the...
master thesis 2020
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