Book Chapter

Pumping cycle kite power with twings

R Luchsinger, D Aregger, F Bezard, D Costa, C Galliot, F Gohl, J Heilmann, H Hesse, C Houle, TA Wood, RS Smith

Green Energy and Technology | Green Energy and Technology | Published : 2018

Abstract

Pumping cycle kite power has attracted considerable interest over the last years with several start-ups and research teams investigating the technology. While all these groups produce electrical power with a ground-based generator in a cyclic process, there is no consent about the shape, structure and control of the flying object. In particular the launching and landing strategy has not been settled yet. TwingTec has followed a pragmatic approach focusing on the flying part of the system. The spin-off from Empa and FHNW has developed over the last years in close collaboration with leading research institutes from Switzerland the twing, an acronym for tethered wing. The guiding principle behi..

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