Partners

Xsens is the leading innovator in 3D motion tracking technology and products. Its sensor fusion technologies enable a seamless interaction between the physical and the digital world in consumer devices and professional applications such as 3D character animation, motion analysis, and industrial control and stabilisation.

Delft University of Technology is the oldest and largest technical university of the Netherlands. Its Faculty of Aerospace Engineering is one of the largest in Europe and is home to the Kite Power Research Group. As pioneer in Airborne Wind Energy this group has developed a 20 kW pumping kite power system, demonstrating automatic operation in 2012.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) is one of the world’s leading universities for technology and the natural sciences. It has nearly 18,000 students from over 110 different countries, of whom 3,900 are doctoral students. 21 Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich.

Chalmers University of Technology is a major technical university in Scandinavia, host of eight Area of Advance, and the largest recipient of the Energy Initiative in Sweden. It is an international leader with regards to sustainable energy.

Established in 1972, the University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focussed university with over 13,000 students and 1,500 staff. Its Mobile Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC) is focused on the application and development of marine robotics and is further engaged in research and development in renewable energy systems and

SkySails GmbH is the market and technology leader in the field of automated towing kite systems. Since 2001 SkySails has developed propulsion kites of up to 400 m² wing surface area for ship propulsion and energy production purposes.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university, receiving students, professors and staff from over 120 nationalities. For 2014 – 2015 the three most influential international university rankings list EPFL as number 1 or 2 for Engineering and Technology in continental Europe.

Ampyx Power develops a new method of generating wind energy, called the PowerPlane. The PowerPlane is an Airborne Wind Energy solution utilizing ground based (pumping) energy generation. The airborne segment consists of a rigid wing.

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of the highest ranked universities of Germany (in particular in the engineering disciplines, e.g. TUM is ranked 26th in the international CHE-ranking) and, with about 36,000 students, TUM is one of the largest technical universities in Germany.

The University of Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries and is one of the most renowned universities in Europe. With 55,484 students in 2014 – 2015 it is the largest university in Belgium and the Low Countries with a strong orientation towards research. KU Leuven is the 6th European university in the 2008 Leiden ranking.

Enerkite is a spin-out of Technical University of Berlin and University of Stuttgart with strong experience in wind energy, flight mechanics and flight controls. Established in 2010, the company has developed a 30 kW pumping kite power system using a ram-air wing and used this system in December 2014 to demonstrate 72 hours of autonomous operation.

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg is among Europe’s top universities, having been home to some of Europe’s greatest minds during almost six centuries of excellence.