Posters - WindEurope Annual Event 2024

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We would like to invite you to come and see the posters at our upcoming conference. The posters will showcase a diverse range of research topics, and will give delegates an opportunity to engage with the authors and learn more about their work. Whether you are a seasoned researcher or simply curious about the latest developments in your field, we believe that the posters will offer something of interest to everyone. So please join us at the conference and take advantage of this opportunity to learn and engage with your peers in the academic community. We look forward to seeing you there!

PO175: Resource Potential of Airborne Wind Energy - combining simulations with the assessment of suitable sites and real performance data

Kristian Petrick, Secretary General, Airborne Wind Europe


Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) systems reach can reach altitudes up to 800m to harvest wind which is not accessible by established wind turbines, always with the possibility to harness the wind in those layers where it blows strongest. The AWE sector has already shown high altitude wind maps based on ERA5 data already a few years ago. This presentation will go beyond these maps and combine the latest findings of currently ongoing projects: The Horizon Europe project MERIDIONAL aims to improve the understanding of the wind and its effects on wind power generation for different wind technologies, among those AWE systems. The complementarity of AWE systems with regards to types of sites will be shown. The Interreg Northwest Europe project MegaAWE has developed a methodology to identify sites suitable for AWE and calculate the deployment potential for different AWE systems. The presentation will give the results for Germany, showing a potential of at least 12GW but potentially several dozen GW. The Horizon Europe project JustWind4All focuses on the social acceptance of wind energy but it also includes a more detailed analysis of potential sites in Brandenburg/Germany, interlinking the "technical" potential of AWE with criteria of local and public acceptability. In addition, this project has analysed the performance of AWE systems compared to onshore and offshore wind turbines, discussing the effects on the energy systems. It concludes that AWE has the potential to significantly reduce energy system costs. Finally, these findings will contrasted with the latest performance data from real AWE systems operated in Germany, Mauritius, the Netherlands and Ireland. The presentation will synthesize the findings of these projects to provide qualitative data of AWE potential for exemplary regions as well as conclusions and recommendations to decision makers with regards to energy strategies and planning of concrete projects.

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