Optimal CrossWind Towing and Power Generation with Tethered Kites

  title={Optimal CrossWind Towing and Power Generation with Tethered Kites},
  author={P. W. Williams and Bas Lansdorp and Wubbo Johannes Ockels},
Non-powered flight vehicles such as kites can provide a means of transmitting wind energy from higher altitudes to the ground via tethers. Although there have been many proposals for systems to extract wind energy from higher altitudes, this paper focuses on the use of a light lifting body at the end of a tether to generate useful power. Two major configurations are studied: 1) the kite is used to tow a ground vehicle in the cross-wind direction, 2) the kite is flown to generate power using a… CONTINUE READING
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