Altitude Sweet Spot
for a working AWE system
Most recent work is on top.  Discussion is invited in group.

June 15, 2009

Surface Layer- A turbulent wind zone typically extending 50-75 ft above ground surface.

Visibility Ceiling- The altitude at which clouds or fog begin to hide a kite.

Control-Line Ceiling- The line length/altitude at which control becomes excessively sluggish.

Flight Ceiling- Maximum altitude allowable by regulations or conditions.

Preferred Altitude- The best flight altitude given conditions (Altitude Sweet Spot).

June 15, 2009  

Balancing all parameters for generating electricity from a specific EKS at a particular site results in an altitude at which net cost for useful energy is minimal. Engineers are working on how to calculate the altitude sweet spot for a particular EKS and working site.