20 November 2023
“Refining the airborne wind energy system power equations”
New scientific paper released by the Polytechnic University of Milan shows the power potential of two airborne systems moving with a circular trajectory.
“Refining the airborne wind energy system power equations with a vortex wake model” is the new scientific paper released by the Polytechnic University of Milan.
The study focuses on the power potential of two airborne wind energy systems (Ground-Gen and Fly-Gen) flying in circular trajectories. The power equations of both were refined to include the contribution from the aerodynamic wake, modeled with vortex methods.
Ground-Gen and Fly-Gen systems with the same idealized characteristics were then compared in terms of power production.
As a result, Ground-Gen was found to have a lower power potential than Fly-Gen. This is due to the reel-out velocity that makes Ground-Gen fly closer to their own wake.
Read the full paper here.
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