Emergence and Economic Dimension of Airborne Wind Energy

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


Airborne wind energy has the potential to evolve into a fundamental cornerstone of sustainable electricity generation. In this contextual analysis we discuss why this technology is emerging at this very moment in time and why it has the potential to disrupt the wind energy economy in the short term and the global energy markets in the longer term. We provide an order-of-magnitude estimate of the economic dimension of this scenario. Following this introductory chapter, the current technology status, principles and challenges of designing, building and flying an airborne wind energy device will be discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Airborne Wind EuropeBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Physikalisches InstitutRheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität BonnBonnGermany

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