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REACH Report Summary

Project ID: 691173

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - REACH (Resource Efficient Automatic Conversion of High-Altitude Wind)

Reporting period: 2016-12-01 to 2017-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The second year of the Horizon 2020 REACH project is now turning to an end. This periodic report provides an overview of the consor um’s work lead by the system integrator Kitepower (enevate) together with its research and industry partners TU Del , Dromec, Maxon Motor & Genetrix. The report outlines which goals the consor um members have set themselves and which milestones have been reached towards their achievement.
The past year was a successful period for the REACH project. Major technical milestones were reached by the consor um partners and the rst commercial project launched by Kitepower.
The team of Kitepower doubled in size, which added important new exper se for growth. The 100kW ground sta on for the commercial system was delivered by Dromec in summer 2017 and since then being tested in the integrated system by Enevate. Maxon motor assembled and delivered two new KCU prototypes which were tested by enevate in the eld with the goal of performing several op miza on loops.
In 2017, the WINDVOGEL project as part of the 2 month ICOON A suitdijk design and innova on program by Daan Roosegaarde and his team was Kitepower’s rst commercial success as an o cial development partner. The project gained world-wide a en on and visibility for airborne wind energy technology as the future of energy.
The the airborne wind energy sector as a whole keeps constantly growing. The Airborne Wind Energy Conference 2017 gathered all major industry and research players in Freiburg (Germany) and represen ng how the technology moves closer and closer towards commercializa on. It was also an illustra ve example of how the European Union’s strategic funding e orts are crea ng a bridge of collabora on between universi es, startups and industry. As part of this larger industry, Kitepower collaborated ac vely with other companies in 2017 to establish the policy for the emerging airborne wind energy industry sector as a whole.
Airborne wind energy is ge ng closer and closer towards the goal of commercializa on with the market entry of many companies planned by the end of 2018. The REACH project and its consor um partners proved in 2017 that they are at the forefront of this development and the coming year 2018 will be an exci ng one for the whole sector.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

"In line with the Description of Action (DoA), the project aims for the commercialization of an airborne wind energy system (AWES) which enables supply of remote communities or off-grid areas with reliable and clean electricity. It will be cost-competitive compared to existing state-of-the-art technologies such as diesel generator sets (DG). The first commercial product will be the e100 with a rated electrical power of 100 kW.

The consortium agreement has been signed, four consortium meetings have been held in Germany and the Netherlands and the coordination runs smoothly. All partners have built or are building and testing components for the 100 kW system using or expanding their current supply chain while keeping in mind the market entry planned end 2018. Weekly field tests of the prototype components listed in the other work packages as preparation for the complete system assembly are carried out. Contact with other industry players and business partners are being maintained.

The kite power technology and work of the REACH consortium were presented on several international fairs such as the Airborne Wind Energy Conference, WindEurope, IDTechEx on Energy Independent Electric Vehicles, Festival van de Toekomst, NIDV Fair. The Defense Innovation Competition (2016) project with the Dutch Defense is currently running. In 2017, Kitepower/enevate participated in a 3 month business model development and validation program (LaunchLab) at Europe's fourth leading incubator YES!Delft. In summer 2017, the milestone of the arrival of the 100kW ground station at TU Delft was celebrated with a public showcase.
Commercially, Kitepower/enevate successfully completed its first project as the development partner for WINDVOGEL as part of the ICOON Aflsuitdijk Design and Innovation Program of the renowned Dutch Design Lab Studio Roosegaarde (November 2017 - January 2018). The two month art installation is a tribute to the Dutch airborne wind energy pioneer Wubbo Ockels and shows ""the future of technology"" on the iconic dike. Above that, Kitepower was chosen to contribute as a startup solution for the ""Kickstart Sint Maarten"" campaign of the Startup Delta, Den Haag, Netherlands.
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Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

"Kitepower/enevate and its partners built within the REACH project the biggest ground station of a Kitepower system in the world that is currently being integrated and tested. This is a milestone for airborne wind energy and Kitepower/enevate in particular. On the commercial side, Kitepower/enevate successfully completed its first project as the development partner for WINDVOGEL as part of the ICOON Aflsuitdijk Design and Innovation Program of the renowned Dutch Design Lab Studio Roosegaarde. The two month art installation is a tribute to the Dutch airborne wind energy pioneer Wubbo Ockels and shows ""the future of technology"" on the iconic dike."

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