Dominant Designs for Wings of Airborne Wind Energy Systems

S. van der Burg, M.F.M. Jurg, F.M. Tadema, L.M. Kamp, G. van de Kaa

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This paper focuses on the design of the wings used in airborne wind energy systems. At the moment, two different designs are being developed: soft wings and rigid wings. This paper aimed to establish which of the two alternative design choices has the highest chance of dominance and which factors affect that. We treated this problem as a battle for a dominant design, of which the outcome can be explained by factors for technology dominance. The objective was to find weights for the factors for technology dominance for this specific case. This was accomplished by applying the best worst method (BWM). The results are based on literature research and interviews with experts from different backgrounds. It was found that the factors of technological superiority, learning orientation and flexibility are the most important for this case. In addition, it appeared that both designs still have a chance to win the battle.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7291
Pages (from-to)1-11
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • standards battles
  • dominant design
  • best worst method
  • BWM
  • airborne wind energy systems;
  • AWE


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