Wind Energy

Dutch firm conceptualizes drone-based wind turbine system

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A Netherlands-based company has conceptualized a wind farm where high-altitude drones gather energy.

Traditional wind turbines gather most wind energy at the tip of their blades. Dutch firm Ampyx Power instead use a drone tethered to an offshore platform to gather wind energy at higher altitudes.

According to reNEWS, the concept-Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) system is deployed on floating platforms. From there, the drone would fly to an altitude of 500 meters, where it creates electricity from high-altitude winds.

Ampyx Power says the Energy Center for Research of the Netherlands calculated a virtual AWE wind farm operating near the east coast of Scotland to cost 137 Euros per megawatt hour. The company says this is cost competitive against other floating applications.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of traditional wind turbine and AWE system
2. Depiction of AWE system being deployed
3. Depiction of AWE system underwater
4. Depiction of larger-scale AWE system as wind farm

VOICEOVER (in English):

“Traditional wind turbines gather most wind energy at the tip of their blades.”

“Dutch firm Ampyx Power instead use a drone tethered to an offshore platform to gather wind energy at higher altitudes.”

“According to reNEWS, the concept-Airborne Wind Energy system is deployed on floating platforms.”

“From there, the drone would fly to an altitude of 500 meters, where it creates electricity from high-altitude winds.”

“The system can operate at depths of between 60 and 300 meters and is kept in place by six mooring cables attached to the ocean flower.”

“A power cable runs from the platform to land.”

“The company says the Energy Center for Research of the Netherlands calculated a virtual AWE wind farm operating near the east coast of Scotland to cost 137 Euros per megawatt hour.”

“Ampyx Power says this is cost competitive against other floating applications.”

SOURCES: Ampyx Power, reNEWS
https://www.ampyxpower.com/2018/04/far-offshore-floating-airborne-wind-energy-systems-possible-and-competitive
https://www.ampyxpower.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Public-Summary-Final.pdf
http://renews.biz/110716/dutch-float-airborne-study/

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