Design of a kite controller for airborne wind energy

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Ginsberg, Samuel en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor De Vries, Ian en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Milandri, Matteo en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-14T14:27:11Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-14T14:27:11Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Milandri, M. 2015. Design of a kite controller for airborne wind energy. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13730
dc.description.abstract Airborne wind energy is a field of technology being developed to make use of the vast, renewable wind power resource which is above the reach of traditional wind turbines, without the need for a large tower. Much analytical research has been undertaken in recent years to better understand the problem space. However, there are relatively few working systems that demonstrate their functioning and can be compared with simulations and theory. Off-grid power systems still rely heavily on diesel generators, so devices that tap renewable energy sources with similar ease of deployment and lower cost of energy would help this sector to reduce its reliance on expensive, polluting, fossil fuels. The development of these systems is often performed by teams with business interests leaving little open access content available regarding the design process of such devices or the data that they provide. A kite control pod has been designed for the remote control of a standard kitesurfing kite and a prototype has been demonstrated stably flying such a kite on a fixed length tether. This pod and kite would be tethered to a winch and as the kite flies across the wind, the lift force generated is applied to the winch which is reeled out and electrical power generated. Once fully extended, the tether would be reeled in with the kite de-powered, using some of the generated energy, stored in a battery. This system can then be used as a test bed for the further development of a compact, autonomous, airborne wind energy system for off-grid applications. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Electrical Engineering en_ZA
dc.title Design of a kite controller for airborne wind energy en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
dc.publisher.department Department of Electrical Engineering en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSc (Eng) en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Milandri, M. (2015). <i>Design of a kite controller for airborne wind energy</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Department of Electrical Engineering. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13730 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Milandri, Matteo. <i>"Design of a kite controller for airborne wind energy."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Department of Electrical Engineering, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13730 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Milandri M. Design of a kite controller for airborne wind energy. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Department of Electrical Engineering, 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13730 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Milandri, Matteo AB - Airborne wind energy is a field of technology being developed to make use of the vast, renewable wind power resource which is above the reach of traditional wind turbines, without the need for a large tower. Much analytical research has been undertaken in recent years to better understand the problem space. However, there are relatively few working systems that demonstrate their functioning and can be compared with simulations and theory. Off-grid power systems still rely heavily on diesel generators, so devices that tap renewable energy sources with similar ease of deployment and lower cost of energy would help this sector to reduce its reliance on expensive, polluting, fossil fuels. The development of these systems is often performed by teams with business interests leaving little open access content available regarding the design process of such devices or the data that they provide. A kite control pod has been designed for the remote control of a standard kitesurfing kite and a prototype has been demonstrated stably flying such a kite on a fixed length tether. This pod and kite would be tethered to a winch and as the kite flies across the wind, the lift force generated is applied to the winch which is reeled out and electrical power generated. Once fully extended, the tether would be reeled in with the kite de-powered, using some of the generated energy, stored in a battery. This system can then be used as a test bed for the further development of a compact, autonomous, airborne wind energy system for off-grid applications. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Design of a kite controller for airborne wind energy TI - Design of a kite controller for airborne wind energy UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13730 ER - en_ZA


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