The objective of the 'SkyPower100' project is to develop and test a fully automated airborne wind energy system with a nominal output of 100 kilowatts by 2020. The system will work autonomously and start, land and stow the kite by itself.
During this pilot operation, the project partners aim to gain insights into the scaling of high-altitude wind power technology into the megawatt class onshore. After that, the consortium will explore how to improve the efficiency and reliability of the technology for future offshore use.
Flying systems such as kites can leverage renewable power in higher air layers where higher energy and more stable wind speeds prevail. As a result, high-altitude wind technology could become a pioneering supplement to conventional wind energy use.