Optimal Operation and Power Curve Estimation of a Pumping Airborne Wind Energy System


Three performance models with different complexity are used in numerical optimizations to construct powercurves of a flexible-kite, pumping airborne wind energy system. The mean cycle power is optimized over theoperation variables for a range of wind speeds. The optimal power curves following from the different modelsare compared. The model with the highest complexity allows optimizing over a set of operation settinsthat characterizes the overall shape of the pumping cycle trajectory. The optimal trajectory shape is highly dependent on the wind speed and shear.

14th EAWE PhD Seminar on Wind Energy
Mark Schelbergen
PhD Researcher

My research is focused on airborne wind energy resource assessment and performance modeling.