Airborne wind energy conversion using a rotating reel system

Pierre Benhaïem, Roland Schmehl

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Abstract

The study proposes a new airborne wind energy system based on the carousel concept. It comprises a rotary ring kite and a ground-based rotating reel conversion system. The moment generated by the ring kite is transferred by several peripheral tethers that connect to winch modules that are mounted on the ground rotor. A generator is coupled to this rotor for direct electricity generation. Because the ring kite is inclined with respect to the ground-rotor the length of the peripheral tethers has to be adjusted continuously during operation. The proposed system is designed to minimize the used land and space. This first study describes the fundamental working principles, results of a small-scale experimental test, a kinematic analysis of steady-state operation of the system and a power transmission analysis. Design choices for the ring kite are discussed, a strategy for launching and landing and methods for passive and active control are described.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreen Energy and Technology
EditorsRoland Schmehl
PublisherSpringer
Pages539-577
Number of pages39
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-10-1947-0
ISBN (Print)9789811019463
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameGreen Energy and Technology
Number9789811019463
ISSN (Print)18653529
ISSN (Electronic)18653537

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    Benhaïem, P., & Schmehl, R. (2018). Airborne wind energy conversion using a rotating reel system. In R. Schmehl (Ed.), Green Energy and Technology (pp. 539-577). (Green Energy and Technology; No. 9789811019463). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-1947-0_22