What are some of the variables
(not yet comprehensive)
Variables | Parameters | Parameters
of interest to investors |
Aspects | AWE aspects
LCOE- Very tricky to design for, perhaps the most
complex key variable of all.
Max Power- An top deliverable, but no good at all if other critical
variables are neglected.
Max Stability- Generally overlooked in favor of active autonomy
beyond current state-of-the-art.
Safety- Absolutely essential and well understood, but with complex
KIS (Low Complexity)- Early favored and possibly unbeatable, but
requires great faith and focused discipline.
Operations- Many ideas are doomed by gaps in operational
practicality (like jumbo kiteplane VTOL).
Capital Cost- A high LCOE is acceptable in many cases if the "cost
of entry" is low enough, and payback is fast.
Maximized Space- Land and airspace efficiency will determine
acceptability in key cases.
Robust Reliability- Essential, but deeply interdependent with other
Insurability, Regulatory Compliance, Social Factors, etc..
- Kite system choice
- Control. Is the control automatic and run by expert programs?
- Environmental impact
- Liability profile
- Cost-of-energy (COE)
- Niche application definition
- Operation lessons
- Wear rate
- Duty cycle
- Operational life of parts of the kite system
- UV impact on system
- Flapping wear
- Output level
- Wind range
- Power transmission
- Site cost
- Regulation of large installed kite systems to assure safe and
- Wind variability and times of inadequacy
- Generator position
- Energy stored or sent to immediate uses?
- Heavier-than-air or lighter-than-air
- Pollution footprint
- Expert algorithms facing changes in the wind, action of the kite
- Degradation of system parts from solar radiation, wear, moisture,
- Human-hour cost to operate and maintain the kite system
- Type of motion
- Application parameters
- Pitch control
- Angle of attack control
- Porosity control
- Shape morphing
- Temporary powering for initial climb
- Keeping generator and conductors on ground while using line tension
and position variability for operating generators
- Point use
- Grid use
- Storing kite-sourced energy in order to later generate electricity
(e.g., pump water to a head that provides potential energy that later
could drive turbines to drive a electrical generator)
- Territory permissions
- Line handling safety and reliability
- Safety in all parts of the kite system
- Public safety
- Territory occupation
- Intermittency of wind
- Variability of wind
- Availability of wind
capacity density Per square
kilometer, how much energy from a wind farm or kite-energy farm may be
sent to a grid or to an energy storage arrangement?
Kite stability factors:
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