Airborne Wind Turbine
(Redirected from Airborne Wind Turbines)
- A Category of Wind Turbine that has its components either not connected to the ground, or only tethered
- Thus it is lower cost due to no need for a large Mast , and can reach (much) higher altitudes and thus stronger more stable wind
- Also they can be "pulled down" via the tether and thus are highly mobile and can be made very safe in storms
Heavier than Air
- These are the most common, typically a Ram Air Wing, Semi-Rigid Kite, or a Tethered Glider
- They typically use a tether and the basestation does the power generation
Lighter than Air
- These aren't common and seem to be less viable of a design, but use a Lighter than Air Aircraft to carry a more conventional wind turbine design
- Some use the lifting device as a turbine (essentially a blimp spinnin on an axis), which adds some benefits
- Unless Hydrogen or Hot Air or some alternate Lifting Gas is used, you are going to need Helium which is a non-renewable resource almost in a more extreme sense than Fossil Fuels so is the exact opposite of an Appropriate Material
- Thus these are not really relevant in an OSE context at least
- The Wikipedia Page on Airborne Wind Turbines
- The Wikipedia Page on Airborne Wind Energy (Seems similar enough that another page isn't needed on the wiki)
- The Wikipedia Page on Kite Control Systems
- A 2017 Article by "Green Tech Media" Titled "A Brief Guide to the Airborne Wind Turbine Market"
- A Video by the YouTube Channel "Real Engineering" Titled "The Future of Wind Power? - Kite Power Systems"
- The YouTube Channel "Airborne Wind Energy Online"