Hi. I am working on this based on our previous discussions (and mostly of course based on my own input). I’m thinking perhaps it could have value for such a document to exist, to establish a more robust and less confusing taxonomy for AWE. “Its a dirty job but somebody’s gotta do it”. So well, I did it… anyways, appreciate any feedback and of course also suggestions about where to go next with this.
Glad to see the SuperTurbine approach (“rotary”) at least being acknowledged.
I guess its a first step toward realizing that, just maybe, all roads lead there.
Then again, where would anyone get the crazy idea that rotation had anything to do with wind energy?
This is true of tower-mounted turbines too, which is the reason for using a tower.
There are cases, however, where a building or other obstacle can accelerate the wind at ground level, equal to the speed at hub height on a tower.
Well the taxonomy should also cover ships and carts. In that case things are slightly more complicated. Eg if wind is 10 m/s but current is also 10 m/s, theres no way to extract energy. Maybe some rewording is necessary though.
Some kites like Zhonglhu do change a lot. Kitemill changes a lot by changing flight from crosswind to inline (tether 90 deg or 0 deg relative to fuselage). All bounding plants must somehow find a way to dramatically change the lift in the kite. So personally i find striking similarities, though of course they are not literally doing the same thing.
Tethered is kind of given in AWE, but I think also that one I tried to steer away from. You have rigid shafts, carousel and what not no make things slippery to define…
I am hoping the kind of awkward wording will grow on people over time. Thats why I am using them so much. My secret masterplan to take over the dictionary. Well see where it ends…
Originally, taxonomy referred only to the categorisation of organisms or a particular categorisation of organisms. In a wider, more general sense, it may refer to a categorisation of things or concepts, as well as to the principles underlying such a categorisation. Taxonomy organizes taxonomic units known as “taxa” (singular “taxon”)."
Taxonomy is different from meronomy, which deals with the categorisation of parts of a whole.
One question is whether “hovering” could be a taxonomy term at the same level as “bounding”, assuming a common sense of taxonomy for both terms.
I am thinking that hovering and bounding would be the two classes in the same category. The name of the category, though not necessary, could be eg «principle of wind energy harvesting»… I dont think I understand the question…
Maybe just leave the «taxonomy» word behind and just call is categorization. Or maybe something else. Because I dont know deeply what taxonomy actually means
Just to be clear, I was not envisioning a tree taxonomy. I was envisioning rather a scheme with three distinct ways of classifying AWE designs:
1: Hovering or bounding
2: Method of energy transfer
3: A series of binary traits that a design may or may not have (eg. passive kite or controlled kite, soft or rigid wing)
This would encompass most designs in a single system and allow some generalization like: «I dont think soft kite designs will have the required longevity for commercial electricity production». [Note that was just an example statement, I am not of that opinion myself specifically]. Or; «This observation should be relevant for all rotary kite systems».
Hovering or bounding is such a core divider in AWE that it should be elevated from other binary traits, in my opinion. To be honest, I think it’s the only classification that makes a lot of sense, the rest are more nice to have.
In your pdf, “bounding” refers to a biologic sense. And “taxonomy” is often used as a biologic classification.
That refers to a classification, not “taxonomy” (in biologic sense) as such.
I think there is an ambiguity between 1 and (2 and 3). That’s why I think the whole thing could fit into a “classification” rather than “taxonomy”.
To progress past lift and drag mode as terms relevant to AWE mainly. I will provide the summary for you, in case you feel compelled to read that
We introduce a classification scheme for an emerging field of airborne wind energy where established convention is causing a lot of confusion. The wording is chosen carefully to avoid confusion and taken from resembling behavior seen bird flight. The main category is that of either «hovering» or «bounding» mode. Furthermore energy transfer is split into four distinct methods; pulling, energy conversion, rotary shaft or reeling.