Airborne Wind Energy

  • Uwe Ahrens
  • Moritz Diehl
  • Roland Schmehl

Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roland Schmehl, Michael Noom, Rolf van der Vlugt
      Pages 23-45
    3. Rolf H. Luchsinger
      Pages 47-64
    4. Ivan Argatov, Risto Silvennoinen
      Pages 65-79
    5. Werner Schmidt, William Anderson
      Pages 95-116
    6. Udo Zillmann, Sebastian Hach
      Pages 117-137
  3. System Modeling, Optimization and Control

  4. Analysis of Flexible Kite Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Jeroen Breukels, Roland Schmehl, Wubbo Ockels
      Pages 287-305
    3. Allert Bosch, Roland Schmehl, Paolo Tiso, Daniel Rixen
      Pages 307-323
    4. Flavio Gohl, Rolf H. Luchsinger
      Pages 325-338
    5. Richard Leloup, Kostia Roncin, Guilhem Bles, Jean-Baptiste Leroux, Christian Jochum, Yves Parlier
      Pages 339-355
  5. Implemented Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. Mario Milanese, Franco Taddei, Stefano Milanese
      Pages 373-386
    3. David J. Olinger, Jitendra S. Goela, Gretar Tryggvason
      Pages 387-401
    4. Rolf van der Vlugt, Johannes Peschel, Roland Schmehl
      Pages 403-425
    5. Alexander Bormann, Maximilian Ranneberg, Peter Kövesdi, Christian Gebhardt, Stefan Skutnik
      Pages 427-436
    6. Uwe Ahrens, Björn Pieper, Clemens Töpfer
      Pages 437-441
    7. Kurt Geebelen, Milan Vukov, Mario Zanon, Sébastien Gros, Andrew Wagner, Moritz Diehl et al.
      Pages 459-471
    8. Ricardo J. M. Penedo, Tiago C. D. Pardal, Pedro M. M S. Silva, Nuno M. Fernandes, T. Rei C. Fernandes
      Pages 491-500
    9. Chris Vermillion, Ben Glass, Adam Rein
      Pages 501-514
  6. Component Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 515-515
    2. Xaver Paulig, Merlin Bungart, Bernd Specht
      Pages 547-562
    3. Rigo Bosman, Valerie Reid, Martin Vlasblom, Paul Smeets
      Pages 563-585
    4. Joseph Coleman, Hammad Ahmad, Emmanuel Pican, Daniel Toal
      Pages 587-597
    5. Jochen Maaß, Michael Erhard
      Pages 599-611

About this book


This reference offers an overview of the field of airborne wind energy. As the first book of its kind, it provides a consistent compilation of the fundamental theories, a compendium of current research and development activities as well as economic and regulatory aspects. In five parts, the book demonstrates the relevance of Airborne Wind Energy and the role that this emerging field of technology can play for the transition towards a renewable energy economy. Part I on "Fundamentals" contains seven general chapters explaining the principles of airborne wind energy and its different variants, of meteorology, the history of kites, and financing strategies. Part II on "System Modeling, Optimization and Control" contains eight contributions that develop and use detailed dynamic models for simulation, optimization, and control of airborne wind energy systems, while Part III on "Analysis of Flexible Kite Dynamics" collects four chapters that focus on the particularly challenging simulation problems related to flexible kites. Part IV "Implemented Concepts" contains eleven contributions each of which presents developed prototypes together with real-world experimental results obtained with the different concepts. Finally, in Part V on "Component Design", five papers are collected that address in detail the technical challenges for some of the components of airborne wind energy.


Airborne Wind Energy presents all basics in a single source to someone starting to explore wind power in the upper atmosphere and serves as a valuable reference for researchers, scientists, professionals and students active in the innovative field of Airborne Wind Energy.


Aerodynamics Flight mechanics Kites Sustainable developments Wind farm Wind technology Wind turbine

Editors and affiliations

  • Uwe Ahrens
    • 1
  • Moritz Diehl
    • 2
  • Roland Schmehl
    • 3
  1. 1.NTS Energie- und Transportsysteme GmbHBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Electrical Engineering (ESAT)LeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-39964-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-39965-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1865-3529
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-3537
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