Airborne wind energy: Airfoil-airmass interaction
Paper in proceedings, 2014

The Airborne Wind Energy paradigm proposes to generate energy by flying a tethered airfoil across the wind flow at a high velocity. While Airborne Wind Energy enables flight in higher-altitude, stronger wind layers, the extra drag generated by the tether motion imposes a significant limit to the overall system efficiency. To address this issue, two airfoils with a shared tether can reduce overall system drag. A study proposed in Zanon et al. (2013) confirms this claim by showing that, in the considered scenario, the dual-airfoil system is more advantageous than the single-airfoil one. The results computed in Zanon et al. (2013) however, do not model the interaction between the airfoils and the airmass. In this paper, the impact of the airfoil-airmass interaction on the extracted power is studied. As this phenomenon is complex to model, a blade element-momentum approach is proposed and the problem is solved by means of optimal control techniques.

Author

M. Zanon

Sébastien Gros

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

J. Meyers

M. Diehl

19th IFAC World Congress on International Federation of Automatic Control, IFAC 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, 24-29 August 2014

1474-6670 (ISSN)

Vol. 19 5814-5819

Subject Categories

Energy Systems

Control Engineering

ISBN

978-390282362-5

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Created

10/7/2017