Articles | Volume 7, issue 5
Research article
12 Sep 2022
Research article |  | 12 Sep 2022

Scaling effects of fixed-wing ground-generation airborne wind energy systems

Markus Sommerfeld, Martin Dörenkämper, Jochem De Schutter, and Curran Crawford

Data sets

Onshore & offshore WRF generated wind data Markus Sommerfeld

Short summary
This research explores the ground-generation airborne wind energy system (AWES) design space and investigates scaling effects by varying design parameters such as aircraft wing size, aerodynamic efficiency and mass. Therefore, representative simulated onshore and offshore wind data are implemented into an AWES trajectory optimization model. We estimate optimal annual energy production and capacity factors as well as a minimal operational lift-to-weight ratio.