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Constrained Crosswind Sweep for Dense Airborne WECS Arrays

Summary Review of key Open-Source Gigascale AWE thinking.

Large numbers of crosswind-power WECS, of many kinds, can be close-spaced into stable airborne arrays, by means of a network of constraining lines. A suitable constraint network allows far denser WECS grouping, for higher overall streamtube and land-airspace efficiency, and far greater total capacity; compared to sparse unconstrained array concepts.

Notes: Such dense-arrays may be modularly hosted under stable mega-arches (Mothras). The optimal position for WECS arrays is at the arch TE, much like an airplane wing-flap, for highest lift and drag power-coefficients. Cascaded launch and landing would be normal

  • CC BY NC SA         ~Dave Santos         21Sept2013                 Discuss at: AirborneWindEnergy10209  

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