Scaling Airborne Wind Energy Systems for Deployment on Mars

Mac Gaunaa*, Mario Rodriguez, Lora Ouroumova, Roland Schmehl

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although technologically challenging, airborne wind energy systems have several advantages over conventional wind turbines that make them an interesting option for deployment on Mars. However, the environmental conditions on the red planet are quite different from those on Earth. The atmosphere’s density is about 100 times lower, and gravity is about one-third, which affects the tethered flight operation and harvesting performance of an airborne wind energy system. In this chapter, we investigate in how far the physics of tethered flight differs on the two planets, specifically from the perspective of airborne wind energy harvesting. The derived scaling laws provide a means to systematically adapt a specific system concept to operation on Mars using computation. Sensitivity analyses are conducted for two different sites on Mars, drawing general conclusions about the technical feasibility of using kites for harvesting wind power on the red planet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdaptive On- and Off-Earth Environments
EditorsAngelo Cervone, Henriette Bier, Advenit Makaya
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-50081-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-50080-0
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Adaptive Environments
ISSN (Print)2522-5529
ISSN (Electronic)2522-5537

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