AWESCO - Airborne Wind Energy System Modelling, Control and Optimisation project investigates the ground station design and power take off methods for pumping mode AWE systems.
Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) is a novel wind energy technology that tries to simplify the design of wind based power generators. It is a technique based on high-performance wings anchored to the ground by a tether several hundred meters long. The wings manoeuvring and harvesting wind energy in a specially designed traction-retraction cycles. Due to substantial material savings per installed unit and access to the large wind resource at altitudes above 200 meters, AWE has the potential to produce electricity at a larger scale and at a lower price than conventional wind turbines.
Take a look at the inspiring short documentary film on Airborne Wind Energy, made for the 2015 AWEC Conference.
However, several critical control and electrical power problems need to be solved to unlock the full potential of Airborne Wind Energy. As a continuation of a previous research carried out within the University of Limerick, the AWESCO project will support researchers at the MMRRC in overcoming the AWE challenges. The researchers will be in direct collaboration with other groups in Europe and will spend a part of their PhD time abroad.
Another aspect of AWESCO project are several network training events dedicated to building up scientific, technical and leadership skills as well as a strong network of professional contacts across Europe. The University of Limerick and MMRRC are proud to host the first AWESCO Summer School in June 2016. AWESCO researchers will be welcomed to Limerick for a technical and non-technical skills training programme.
The project is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA), grant agreement No 642682. For more information visit AWESCO website.
The Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre has organised the first AWESCO Summer School, s training and networking event for AWESCO Early Stage Researchers, partners and associate researchers. The School was held at the University of Limerick from Tuesday, 7th - Tuesday, 14th June 2016. We were thrilled to welcome international researchers to UL where the were learning aboutAirborne Wind Energy. More info can be found on AWESCO Summer School webpage.