Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have developed software for analyzing energy-generation systems based on kites and drones.
They used the software to study Airborne Wind Energy Systems (AWES) behavior while converting the kinetic energy of the wind into electricity.
Said UC3M's Ricardo Borobia Moreno, "The simulator can be used to study the behavior of AWES, optimize their design, and find the trajectories maximizing the generation of energy."
The researchers also have devised an AWES flight testbed, equipping two kitesurf kites with instruments to monitor key information, such as the position and speed of the kite, attack and sideslip angles, and tether tensions.
Flight data recorded by these instruments was used to validate different software tools, including the simulator and an estimator of the different parameters, characterizing the state of the kite at each instant.
From Universidad de Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
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