Airborne Wind Energy

Advances in Technology Development and Research

  • Roland Schmehl

Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Udo Zillmann, Philip Bechtle
    Pages 1-25
  3. Fundamentals, Modeling & Simulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Nedeleg Bigi, Alain Nême, Kostia Roncin, Jean-Baptiste Leroux, Guilhem Bles, Christian Jochum et al.
      Pages 57-78
    3. Alain de Solminihac, Alain Nême, Chloé Duport, Jean-Baptiste Leroux, Kostia Roncin, Christian Jochum et al.
      Pages 79-97
    4. Jelte van Til, Marcelo De Lellis, Ramiro Saraiva, Alexandre Trofino
      Pages 99-115
    5. Antonello Cherubini, Giacomo Moretti, Marco Fontana
      Pages 137-163
  4. Control, Optimization & Flight State Measurement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Haocheng Li, David J. Olinger, Michael A. Demetriou
      Pages 215-239
    3. Korbinian Schechner, Florian Bauer, Christoph M. Hackl
      Pages 241-276
    4. Ahmad Hably, Jonathan Dumon, Garrett Smith, Pascal Bellemain
      Pages 277-301
    5. Milan Milutinović, Mirko Čorić, Joško Deur
      Pages 303-333
    6. Marcelo De Lellis, Ramiro Saraiva, Alexandre Trofino
      Pages 335-359
    7. Uwe Fechner, Roland Schmehl
      Pages 361-390
    8. Pietro Faggiani, Roland Schmehl
      Pages 391-411
    9. Henrik Hesse, Max Polzin, Tony A. Wood, Roy S. Smith
      Pages 413-438
  5. Concept Design & Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 439-439
    2. Florian Bauer, Christoph M. Hackl, Keyue Smedley, Ralph M. Kennel
      Pages 441-462
    3. Florian Bauer, Christoph M. Hackl, Keyue Smedley, Ralph M. Kennel
      Pages 463-489
    4. Lorenzo Fagiano, Eric Nguyen Van, Stephan Schnez
      Pages 491-514
    5. Roderick Read
      Pages 515-537
    6. Pierre Benhaïem, Roland Schmehl
      Pages 539-577
  6. Implemented Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 579-579
    2. Rolf Luchsinger, Damian Aregger, Florian Bezard, Dino Costa, Cédric Galliot, Flavio Gohl et al.
      Pages 603-621
    3. Maximilian Ranneberg, David Wölfle, Alexander Bormann, Peter Rohde, Florian Breipohl, Ilona Bastigkeit
      Pages 623-641
    4. Michiel Kruijff, Richard Ruiterkamp
      Pages 643-662
  7. Technology Deployment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 663-663
    2. Linda M. Kamp, J. Roland Ortt, Matthew F. A. Doe
      Pages 665-678
    3. Leo Bruinzeel, Erik Klop, Allix Brenninkmeijer, Jaap Bosch
      Pages 679-701
    4. Volkan Salma, Richard Ruiterkamp, Michiel Kruijff, M. M. (René) van Paassen, Roland Schmehl
      Pages 703-725
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 751-752

About this book


This book provides in-depth coverage of the latest research and development activities concerning innovative wind energy technologies intended to replace fossil fuels on an economical basis. A characteristic feature of the various conversion concepts discussed is the use of tethered flying devices to substantially reduce the material consumption per installed unit and to access wind energy at higher altitudes, where the wind is more consistent.

The introductory chapter describes the emergence and economic dimension of airborne wind energy. Focusing on “Fundamentals, Modeling & Simulation”, Part I includes six contributions that describe quasi-steady as well as dynamic models and simulations of airborne wind energy systems or individual components. Shifting the spotlight to “Control, Optimization & Flight State Measurement”, Part II combines one chapter on measurement techniques with five chapters on control of kite and ground stations, and two chapters on optimization. Part III on “Concept Design & Analysis” includes three chapters that present and analyze novel harvesting concepts as well as two chapters on system component design. Part IV, which centers on “Implemented Concepts”, presents five chapters on established system concepts and one chapter about a subsystem for automatic launching and landing of kites. In closing, Part V focuses with four chapters on “Technology Deployment” related to market and financing strategies, as well as on regulation and the environment.

The book builds on the success of the first volume “Airborne Wind Energy” (Springer, 2013), and offers a self-contained reference guide for researchers, scientists, professionals and students. The respective chapters were contributed by a broad variety of authors: academics, practicing engineers and inventors, all of whom are experts in their respective fields.


Kite Wind Generator Offshore Airborne Wind Energy Converters Bridled Kite Tethered Kites Energy Entrainment Skysail Energy Magnus Effect Pumping Kite Wind Enegry Rotating Reel Yo-Yo Airborne Wind Energy

Editors and affiliations

  • Roland Schmehl
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Aerospace EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-1946-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-1947-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1865-3529
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-3537
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