Rotating Reel System

In Daisy configuration the turbines dive during the rotation, involving a control of ballasts tanks, otherwise the density of the hydro-turbines-ring should be the same as the water density.

In Rotating Reel configuration all the ring is floating, with also a possibility for the ring (not the hydro turbines) to rise above water with foils in order to save a part of the hydro drag. In the other hand the ring can dive a little due to the kite force, but at least it is not necessary to vary its density as it is always floating, and the risk of damage is lesser.


I really like this idea too

If we use a tilted hydro-turbines-ring the pressure will be higher in deeper water, so the floating capacity can vary during the rotation. An adequate control should be required.

Failsafe, ease of use, simplicity is what we generally want.
How can the PTO help to guarantee we never unload our wings in their fully powered AOA in high winds to avoid overspeed.
If an airborne turbine set is connected directly to spin a waterborne ring.
Can the ring inherently lift water, with channels cut into the ring such that, as it is spun by the kite set, it lifts water… then if the water is used to power a generating hydro turbine… it won’t matter if we have a brake and generator and pitch or other wing breaking controls failure at the same time…
Otherwise … maybe we don’t need to be turning any heavy machinery and dragging it through water, shifting some tight rope rings around on tight frame ring rails will do. That sorta became the intent with the floating cone … The PTO driven ring was on the inside of the floating ring so it didn’t have to run through water.
If we can avoid an unnecessary conversion… efficiency.
I should probably put this in a thread of it’s own about seaborne daisy with anchored tilting cone PTO

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Is this AWES work by traction instead of rotation?

Apologies Pierre, I was on about rotating inside the tilted plane face of a floating cone structure.
I should be in another thread probably

The idea with hydrofoils is perhaps good, but the simpler step has already been worked at:

Rails should provide similar benefits as a hydrofoil vessel offshore…

With a hydro-turbines-ring (with or without foils) all the parts are rotating.

With a rail-ring like @Massimo’s or NTS’ carousels, a support for the stationary rail-ring is required, involving a rotating part (chariot or train) and a stationary part, and a support to place them above water, leading to a probably more expensive solution.

Concerning onshore installation, see at 1’22’’ the poles sustaining the track allowing passing: it is a huge installation as the rails undergo large tractions of which parasitic forces without the ground protection.

So for offshore installations, IMHO, a hydro-turbines-ring implementation look to be simpler.

And for onshore installations, why not a circular rope (possibly on poles) instead of a rail?

the water viscosity will waste most of the energy harnessed.

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It could be the same for, however this system seems to work in spite of the relatively high speed (until about 15 m/s) of the hydro-turbine.

Beside it I wonder if a vortex can be generated by the rotating ring, even if only the hydro turbines are in the water thanks to the foils raising the annular structure. If yes I wonder if such a vortex can generate too much drag.

For the water viscosity issue «it depends». For sure someone should do some calculations to determine the probable outcome. But I can say this:

  • Kitesurf hydrofoils have very little drag, perceived relative to other vessels
  • The foils need not necessarily run at the same diameter as the kites. As drag scales with v^2 a diameter ratio air:subsea of 3:1 for instance would have a dramatic effect
  • I dont think in terms of viscosity much, rather lift-to-drag, and I gather wings work mostly the same in air or in water

The sooner fast kite motion becomes fast coils through magnetic fields the better.
Don’t waste material, effort and energy getting this to happen.
Make kite motion and generator motion fit together.
What’s the most efficient transport? A train on rock solid rail, hard wheels and great bearings. Run it in a hoop for constant motion/output.
A spinning train ring moving magnets past coils… That’s a motor / generator.
Bearings. . Rails. . Same-ish thing. Just align with kite motion. 1st bit of job done.

I can agree.

It is an huge installation comprising a support for the stator (far above water for an offshore plant), a stator then the rotor, so a fixed part and a moving part. With hydro-turbines one can eliminate the fixed part.

How will anchoring impact hydrofoil performance?

Low in my opinion, due to a swivel on the single central anchor.

I’m not a good example for hiding opinions … but I’ll wait for the calculation.
The word Single on such a large system scares me.

The swivel friction should be neglected.

Me too. As (single) advantage a single big anchor installation makes less damage in deep sea.
If the single anchor is broken, the hydro-turbines-ring is still floating (for rotating reel, not for Daisy as a part is in the water). They are too heavy to go in the air by kite lift, but the whole plant could be dragged up the coast.
AWES are expected to be far more dangerous as current wind turbines.

I think forget about the svivel at the bottom of the sea. How will all that torque be transmitted to the bottom of the sea without adding too much drag?

My approach would be to use the hydrofoils to generate necessary forces in 3D to run in a ring, then add a «propeller» (generator?) subsea to generate electricity at the foil. Finally concentrate all energy at the center, above sea level.

The anchor still needs to be there. The swivel is above sea level nominally (may submerge if loaded) and a single wire is fastened to the anchor.

After some thinking I would prefer a “classical” carousel as its use can be easier. It can be anchored in several places. @Massimo provides the dimensions and the weight of the stator and the rotor, page 14, on . The dimensions of the carousel are important but in the same time it is used for take-off and landing. The weight looks to be low in regard to the power.

After studying different AWES I return to the Rotating Reel Parotor as, at least for me, this system accumulates positive features for a successful implementation at high scale:

  • It is a stationary device with continuous power.

  • There is no insuperable limit for scaling. The large ring helps the flying rotors to scale by holding it by distant anchored points.

  • The dimensions between the diameter of the ground and the flying rotors and the length of the peripheral ropes are comparable for a good torque transfer, producing harmonious proportions, and allow to achieve a high power/space use ratio. In other carousels the smaller and numerous kites fly at the same altitude compared to the diameter of the ground ring. A single flying rotor is both simpler and more powerful by sweeping the full area.

  • As an example a ground ring (ground generator) of 1000 m diameter can be rotated by a flying rotor of 1400 m outer diameter, 800 m inner diameter, so 1 036 200 m² of swept area, leading to a power about 80 MW with 10 m/s wind speed, a Cp of 0.2 (leading to the possible use of soft wings) and a cosine cubed of 0.65 with an angle of elevation of 30°. Such a rig would use about 4 km² of land by taking account of wind changes, instead of 50 km² for currently envisaged kite-farms of single unities flying in an erratic way, with a risk of entanglement.

  • The horizontal rotor allows scaling in all dimensions.

  • The secondary mode, now analysed as not productive is simplified and allow variations of the length of the peripheral ropes while the tilted flying rotor rotates the horizontal ground rotor.

  • Safe control by multi ropes and complete depower by the central rope.

  • The ground ring is used to spread the kite, then takeoff by rotation by the generator as motor, then landing, all being automatable.

  • There is no rigid parts between the ground and the flying rotors, as there are only ropes. That facilitates both scaling and safety.

Just to show the principle.