An Introduction to Meteorology for Airborne Wind Energy

  • Cristina L. ArcherEmail author
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


Airborne wind energy systems (AWES) are devices that effectively extract energy from the air flow, more specifically kinetic energy, and convert it to electricity. Wind is the manifestation of the kinetic energy present in the atmosphere. Understanding wind, its properties and power, as well as other atmospheric properties that can affect AWES, is the goal of this chapter.


Wind Speed Wind Power Wind Vector Average Wind Speed Geostrophic Wind 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Earth, Ocean, and EnvironmentUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA

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