I’d like to create a thread to discuss planning talks for AWEC 2024. From the email:
Submission deadline: 16 October 2023
The conference is intended as a reference for companies, politicians, researchers, scientists, investors, professionals and students interested or active in the innovative field of Airborne Wind Energy. Submitted abstracts will be selected and arranged so that the conference will provide a consistent compilation of existing prototypes and models, fundamental theories, current research and development activities, and economic, investment and regulatory aspects. Besides the R&D and technical sessions, it is of special interest to have an investment & finance session. All investors (VC, family offices, Corporate Ventures, private investors etc.) are welcome to contribute their interest, expectation or existing experience about AWE financing to the conference. The topics of the conference will include but are not limited to:
Practical experiences and prototypes
High altitude wind resource
Wind measurement and weather conditions
Political issues and requirements
Ground-generation pumping concepts
Ground-generation rotary concepts
Flight stability, dynamic models and control
Structural and aerodynamic analysis
Kite and tether design and manufacture
Generators and electrical subsystems
Reliability and safety assessment
New AWE concepts
Ecological impacts and footprint
Sustainability & Climate change
Regulations and insurance
Experiences from test, demonstration and commercial operation
AWE siting, potential and site development
Social acceptance and community engagement
Environmental impacts and carbon footprint, life-cycle analyses
Maybe this one is interesting to me. Can you make a quick to make and cheap kiteplane so you can do testing 24/7 and not worry too much when you crash, and do you have a path to producing 10 a week if you get an order or when you see a path to becoming self-sufficient from selling the electricity produced. I have an unsupported feeling that the cost of the kiteplanes, excluding the components you bolt to it, could come down an order of magnitude.
I haven’t looked into it much, but as far as I am aware only you did some modeling of torque transfer over a tensile shaft, and a student did some testing on Rod’s system. That seems to me early stage research that could be improved upon.
Political lobbying ties into all of this. So perhaps a talk about how that is going and how it can be expanded. You’d want the ability for citizens and small businesses to deploy a system and a straightforward way to apply for a permit, you’d want to lower the charge to supply energy back to the grid, and so on.
Thanks to everyone here in this thread who has submitted abstracts and/or has peer-reviewed abstracts or contributed in some other way. The peer review process of the AWEC 2024 is still ongoing and we plan to inform authors by 11 December 2023.
We have now added the information about the invited speakers, the venue, and the side events to the conference website. For example, on 23 April 2024, 14:00, there will be progress meetings of the IEA Wind Task 48 work packages. Please join if you are involved or if you are interested to learn what we do in this task.