The first day of IEA TEM102 Airborne Wind Energy was yesterday
It was great to see such diverse representation.
My first zoom with ~80 attendees from ~every timezone.
And it wen’t surprisingly smoothly.
The smoothness is thanks to the planning which went into the event.
AirborneWindEurope, NREL, IEA and the various other bodies… well done.
No major hicups.
There does seem to be a genuine want to develop science, technology, business, capacity… where gaps are identified and to do this on a global level.
OK the event has to be steered. Herding cats otherwise… So, the suggestions of what to discuss & take forward to IEA felt Eurocentric. But this didn’t discourage participation. There is a general want to know what systems & methods work best. It is technology agnostic as claimed. Maybe the dogmatic dictum “There are 2 principle ways” could have been avoided… there was also “The essence of AWES is substituting hardware with software.” For me, those are wholly disagreeable statements but a room full of 80 researchers is going to find 80 viewpoints on each aspect.
The dedication to progressing AWES is obvious in the familiar faces of the group. People don’t tend to give up on AWES. At AWEC2019 It was noted previous hosts seem to be at every conference. Makani were well represented and gave sound technical advice.
AWES is growing as a field. Expect to see diverse sub-aspects & specialities form. What highlighted this for me was the talk on Safety aspects and airspace regulation by Michiel Kruijff Which showed the subdivision of managing how including drone tech in airspace law has necessitated the creation of U-Space Service Provider companies to handle data and permissions with the CIS Common Information System run by the ATM Air traffic Management system. We AWES folks at the low end of this scale are UAS developers, (maybe not even operators) There are huge niches still to be carved and a lot of scope for how we do it.
All very encouraging