A very tiny percentage of wind power would be sufficient to satisfy the entire world’s needs of energy. The tropospheric wind is esteemed to be 270 times the mankind primary energy needs.
winds at higher altitudes (as of 400 meters from the ground) are more powerful and constant than the winds we feel on the ground.
Wind is sunpower continuosly converted by earth atmosphere in kinetic energy. Is like having a gigantic solar panel, rated thousands of Terawatts, made, operated and mainteined for free by nature. Extracting some of its energy, even if up to the amount of the primary energy presently used by the antire mankind, would not affect in any way its functioning.
Altitude wind energy is more or less evenly distributed all around the world,
No other energy sources, that big, were ever been so accessible to everybody in the world. If access to concentrated energy sources- like lately coal and oil - ruled the world and shaped the policies along the centuries, access to wind altitude energy may radically change the scenario,
ALTITUDE WIND ENERGY
THE AWE RELATED TECHNOLOGIES
AWE: A RECENT HISTORY
In the late 1970s, Miles L. Loyd had the idea of building a wind generator without a tower, using a flying wing connected to the ground by a tether, much like a kite.
Conventionally AWE - Altitude (or Airborne) Wind Energy concept dates back to Myles Loyd assumptions, but the early years of the millennium saw the first application studies worldwide. Some academic spin-off, scattered around the world, started to work on the AWE concepts and develop the first demonstrating prototypes… Today hundreds of patents have been filed and tenth of players, ranging from academic institutions to startups and public companies, are active. More than 150 MUSD have been spent roughly and players like Google, EoN, ABB, Sabic, Alstrom, NASA, Fraunhofer and others that are presently supporting AWE sector...
THE AWE SOLUTIONS
in the last decade the Altitude (or Airborne) Wind Energy (AWE) domain increased rapidly and tenths of AWE players are active today worldwide…but none of them has succeeded in delivering an effective, efficient, reliable and resilient system. The success of present AWE solutions has been up today hindered mainly because of two main factors:
Aerodynamic performances of the flying device
Deployability and reliability of the overall system
The first that will succeed in delivering an AWE system with such characteristics may lead to a quantum leap able to radically change the perspectives within energy generation and exploitation patterns.
THE SKYPULL TECNOLOGY
Skypull proposes an innovative approach, based on a groundbreaking new type of flying device, aimed to enhance and maximize payload: a “box wing” drone with multi-element airfoil, characterized by high aerodynamic performances, intrinsic structural robustness, reduced weight and low production cost...