Floating Airborne Wind Energy System Farm

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The aim of this Design Synthesis Exercise was to design a floating large-scale wind farm of 1 GW in deep water using an Airborne Wind Energy System (AWES) that is cost-competitive, largely recyclable and uses less material than conventional wind turbines. By exploring the project foundation, carrying out an iterative single-system design process, and delving into the farm layout and management, this project assesses the feasibility of this novel concept. This report proposes an initial design with the resources currently available to the team while highlighting the next steps that need to be taken in order to pursue further design iterations, prototyping, and testing of this concept. This initial design, the tool developed to carry out the sizing, and a detailed reflection on the limitations of this design process and concept could be stated as the main contribution of this project to the field of airborne wind energy.