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High Altitude Wind Energy

Objective

The quest for clean and renewable energy sources found tremendous potential in wind power. So far, it has been harvested mostly by wind towers, which use only wind currents close to the ground (bellow 200m of height). Since low altitude wind currents are slow and intermittent, most wind farms operate, on average, 25-35% of their capacity. This represents a severe limitation to current state-of-art wind power technology, as towers can hardly be taller than 130m without prohibitive costs and insurmountable technical difficulties.
To bypass these difficulties, it is proposed to perform R&D in a multitude of technology fields such as materials, aerodynamics and control, further developing a wind power system capable of harnessing the energy potential of high altitude wind without the need for heavy towers or expensive elevated nacelles: we call it HAWE (High Altitude Wind Energy).
HAWE consists of a buoyant, rotating, cylinder shaped, airship, anchored to a ground station by a tether cable operating a two phase cycle. During the power production phase the Magnus effect on the rotating cylinder generates lift, pulling up the tether cable which, at the ground station, is in a winch drum driving a flywheel connected to an alternator producing electricity. When the tether cable is fully unwound, the recovery phase starts - as the cylinder rotation ceases and the cable is reeled back to its initial position decoupled from the flywheel, completing a cycle. This is performed continuously.
The successful implementation of this concept will increase the share of renewable energy in Europe since, the achievement of the goal to produce renewable energy at competitive prices with coal derived energy, should lower its cost. A high security of supply, a cleaner environment, and the possibility to keep Europe as a global leader in wind power, are other benefits of this technology.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2010-FET
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Coordinator

OMNIDEA LDA
Address
Travessa Antonio Gedeao 9
3510 017 Viseu
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 641 370,75
Administrative Contact
Nuno Fernandes (Mr.)

Participants (6)

SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU, FAKULTET STROJARSTVA I BRODOGRADNJE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 474 300
Address
Ivana Lucica 5
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Neven Duic (Prof.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 205 638
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karen Hyllested Thielsen (Ms.)
EDP INOVACAO SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 53 159,50
Address
Praca Marques De Pombal 12
1250 162 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
João Gonçalo Maciel (Mr.)
Rapp Hydema AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 273 081
Address
Nyholmen
8037 Bodo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Inge Henning Andersen (Mr.)
LANKHORST TOUWFABRIEKEN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 206 897
Address
Prinsengracht 2
8607 AD Sneek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steven Wardenier (Mr.)
SERVICIOS Y ESTUDIOS PARA LA NAVEGACION AEREA Y LA SEGURIDAD AEURONAUTICA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 66 024,25
Address
Avenida De La Hispanidad 12
28042 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Isabel Izquierdo (Ms.)