Modelling Kite Power Systems

The design of a kite power system is highly connected to its dynamic behavior. This part of our research focuses on modeling the dynamic behavior of the complete kite power systems. Important aspects of this research are operational optimization and economic feasibility. It will be of vital importance for this new and exciting technology to reduce the Levelized Cost of Energy to a minimum at an early as possible stage.
Modeling results are validated with the use of the TU Delft kite power demonstrator, consisting of a 20kW generator typically driven by a 25m2 kite on a 400m cable.

Figure: Modeling and experimental results of the demonstrator power curve. Wind measured at 6m altitude.