A CRITICAL COMPONENT
Airborne Wind Energy
Today there are several promising ways to
harness the strong and stable winds at the altitude of 200-600 meters.
Our solution is based on a durable and light carbon fibre composite plane, structurally very similar to large glider planes and military UAV drones. The mechanical energy generated by the airplane is transferred to the ground using very strong, yet light, Dyneema tether.
The automatically guided plane flies crosswind to create a strong pull on the tether which is connected to a generator on ground. As the tether reels out from the drum of a generator, electricity is generated.
After tether is fully reeled out the plane flies autonomously back to the starting distance to continue with production phase again. This is called pumping cycle Airborne Wind Energy.
Take-off and landing
Fully automatic reliable take-off and landing capability is critical for commercial viability of the airborne wind energy (AWE).
Our reliable, patent pending take-off and landing system operates in case of approaching storms, lack of wind or other undesired conditions for production of airborne wind energy. Our system can take-off, land and take-off again without any human assistance.
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Alula Energy's fully automatic take-off and landing system is a critical component in Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) systems. The airplane, generator building and take-off & landing system is presented in the image.