Control of Dual-Airfoil Airborne Wind Energy Systems Based on Nonlinear MPC and MHE
Paper in proceedings, 2014

Abstract: Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) systems generate energy by flying a tethered airfoil across the wind flow at a high velocity. Tethered flight is a fast, strongly nonlinear, unstable and constrained process, motivating control approaches based on fast Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) and state estimation approaches based on Moving Horizon Estimation (MHE). Dual-Airfoil AWE systems, i.e. systems with two airfoils attached to a Y-shaped tether have been shown to be more effective than systems based on a single airfoil. This paper proposes a control scheme for a dual-airfoil AWE system based on NMPC and MHE and studies its performance in a realistic scenario based on state-of-the-art turbulence models.


Mario Zanon

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Systems and control, Mechatronics

Greg Horn

Sébastien Gros

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Systems and control, Automatic Control

Moritz Diehl

European Control Conference

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