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Flight Adaptation of Airborne Wind Energy Propulsion System for Seagoing Vessels


D. Trüssel

Semester Thesis, FS13 (10275)

Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) systems constitute one group of the promising prospects of sustainable energy production. They aim to reduce the levelized cost of energy by replacing the costly structures of conventional wind energy generators by replacing those with tethers and by exploiting the increased power of high-altitude winds. One example of such a system is a tethered kite, who's traction force is used to generate electricity at ground. However, instead of generating electricity, this traction force can also be used for the propulsion of a ground unit. In the paper at hand, the - in AWE applications widely used - mass-point model was modi ed to include a moving ground unit, speci cally a seagoing vessel. Further a static model for the traction force of the kite was adapted to analyze the position of maximal propulsion force and characterize the later by the system's parameters. Two ight adaptation strategies to maximize the propulsion force in real-time were proposed, implemented and compared by simulating the dynamic mass-point model.


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(13)Semester/Bachelor Thesis

L. Fagiano

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@PhdThesis { Xxx:2013:IFA_4514
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