The aim of the project is to develop a toolchain to efficiently and effectively assess the performance of airborne wind energy devices and conventional wind turbines.
Positive developments concerning airspace regulations and related permit-issuing for Kitepower's AWES have recently been made. Thanks to the new permit classification It will now be easier to arrange Kitepower pilot installations within the EU.
Between September and October 2021, Kitepower is going to be deployed in the Dutch Defence's training area near Vader Piet on the island of Aruba, with the goal to test the system in an operational environment as part of the military exercise Caribbean Engineer 2021.
Kitepower's operations in Goeree-Overflakkee will advance thanks to the recent obtainment of an "All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects" (omgevingsvergunning).
After winning the Dutch Ministry of Defence's Innovation Competition in 2018, Kitepower has successfully performed a training session together with the military, where an external crew has been instructed to operate Kitepower's AWES for the very first time.