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https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-8-1153-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-8-1153-2023
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17 Jul 2023
Research article |  | 17 Jul 2023

Impact of wind profiles on ground-generation airborne wind energy system performance

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

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This study investigates the performance of pumping-mode ground-generation airborne wind energy systems by determining power-optimal flight trajectories based on realistic, k-means clustered, vertical wind velocity profiles. These profiles, derived from mesoscale weather simulations at an offshore and an onshore site in Europe, are incorporated into an optimal control model that maximizes average cycle power by optimizing the kite's trajectory.
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