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Airborne Wind Energy System Modelling, Control and Optimisation

Objective

The height of conventional wind turbines is limited by the enormous stresses on the structure. The idea of the Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) is to replace the most efficient part of a conventional wind turbine, the tip of the turbine blade, with a fast flying high efficiency kite, and to replace the rest of the structure by a tether which anchors the kite to the ground. Power is generated either by periodically pulling a ground based generator via a winch, or by small wind turbines mounted on the kite that exploit its fast cross wind motion. While the concept is highly promising, major academic and industrial research is still needed to achieve the performance required for industrial deployment. This can best be done by innovative junior researchers in a closely cooperating consortium of academic and industrial partners.
The ITN AWESCO combines six interdisciplinary academic and four industrial network partners with seven associated partners, all selected on the basis of excellence and complementarity. All partners work already intensively on AWE systems, several with prototypes, and they are committed to create synergies via the cooperation in AWESCO. The main task is to train fourteen Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in training-by-research and to create a closely connected new generation of leading European scientists that are ready to push the frontiers of airborne wind energy.
AWESCO is the first major cooperation effort of the most important European actors in the field and will help Europe to gain a leading role in a possibly huge emerging renewable energy market, and to meet its ambitious CO2 targets. In addition, the AWESCO early stage researchers will be trained in cutting-edge simulation, design, sensing, and control technologies that are needed in many branches of engineering.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/windpower
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 510 748,56

Participants (10)

ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 663 123,52
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 263 659,32
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 250 560
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 214 603,08
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 265 674,60
Address
National Technological Park, Plassey
- Limerick
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AMPYX POWER BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 248 280,56
Address
Lulofsstraat 55 Unit 13
2521 AL Den Haag
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SKYSAILS GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 34 613,40
Address
Luisenweg 40
20537 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
XSENS TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Pantheon 6A 8A
7521 PR Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENERKITE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Fichtenhof 5
14532 Kleinmachnow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN MUNCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 34 613,40
Address
Lothstrasse 34
80335 Munchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (7)

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Skywalk GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
Address
Windeckstrasse 4
83250 Marquartstein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NTS Energie- und Transportsysteme GmbH
Germany
Address

Berlin
Activity type
Other
Makani Power / Google[x]
United States
Address

Alameda
Activity type
Other
Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing and Automation
Germany
Address

Stuttgart
Activity type
Other
Fraunhofer-Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology
Germany
Address

Bremerhaven
Activity type
Other