Corey Houle, project leader of the collaborative R&D project SwissKitePower, will give a guest lecture in the frame of the MSc course Kite Power & Propulsion (TU Delft course code AE4T40).
Starting in 2008 with a realization that kite´s can produce enormous power from strong winds, investigations into the world of ´Kite Power´ were started by a small team of students and engineers at the University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). After some first succesful testing and very simplified analysis the support of Alstom Switzerland was gained and collaborations were setup with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA). Since this time a fully functioning kite power system has been designed constructed and tested at the FHNW with collaboration and inspiration from the work performed at TU Delft. This system is intented as both a demonstrator of the technology but also as a test bench on which new kite designs from EMPA and control algorithms from the ETHZ can be developed and tested.