Sören Sieberling of AmpyxPower, a startup company in den Haag, will give a guest lecture in the frame of the MSc course Kite Power & Propulsion (TU Delft course code AE4T40).
The presentation gives an overview of the conceptual operation and control considerations of the PowerPlane, an airborne wind energy concept that generates power using a tethered airplane and a generator on the ground. The concept is discussed by means of basic aerodynamics, neglecting the mass of the airplane, considering launch, power generation and landing, performance criteria and power output to provide a qualitative understanding of the system. For the actual operation of the system special attention, compared to conventionally operated airplanes, is demanded by the control system because of the link between airplane and generator. The differences between free and tethered flight are elaborated.
The lecture is in English and open to the public.