MegaAWE


Project Summary

Wind energy is key for NWE to meet the Paris Agreements. NWE’s extended coastlines provide huge potential. But today’s wind turbines encounter limitations, both on-shore (space, public acceptance) and off-shore (space, water depth). SMEs in NWE are strongly positioned to develop a novel alternative that addresses these issues: Airborne Wind Energy Systems (AWES), aircraft tethered to compact ground-based generators. With AWES, new locations for wind energy can be unlocked (incl. floating offshore, rural onshore). Energy is harvested efficiently, reducing materials, foundations and carbon footprint, while lower visual impact can ease public acceptance.

MegaAWE brings utility-scale AWES ("MW-AWES") closer to the market, readying SMEs for its roll-out in NWE and beyond. It shall achieve this by:
- endurance demonstration, to improve investability and secure interest of utilities
- demonstration of key enabling modules at MW-scale, to derisk planning of commercial prototype demo
- an execution plan for MW-AWES commercial prototype demo, to ensure relevant innovation focus (incl. site & user requirements, design guidelines, system sizing & costing), validated by regions & users.

MegaAWE investment/outputs address the recommendations of the EU-commissioned 2018 Ecorys study on AWES:
- AWES test hub in Mayo, IE
- Precommercial AWES architecture demonstrated at 150kW in on-field pilot
- Three key enabling AWES modules at >1MW, demonstrated in-lab
- 20 Enterprises supported
- “MegaAWE” Platform, supporting MW-AWES development and future roll-out, matching needs & opportunities of regions & users with solutions of developers.

MegaAWE shall raise MW-AWES from TRL5 to 7, strengthen innovation capacity of 12 SMEs and secure supply chain & investment towards the next step, commercial demonstration. By 2033, 50 AWES installed (150MW capacity) could then provide RE to 150.000 additional households in NWE.

Project Partners

  • Airborne Wind Europe AISBL

    1 Avenue de la Renaissance
    Brussels
    1000
    Belgium

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  • Ampyx Power B.V.

    55 - unit 13 Lulofsstraat
    Den Haag
    2521 AL
    Netherlands

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  • Parkburn Precision Handling Systems

    26 Whistleberry Industrial Estate
    Hamilton
    ML3 0ED
    United Kingdom

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  • Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

    National Renewable Energy Centre, Offshore House, Albert Street
    Blyth, Northumberland
    NE24 1LZ
    United Kingdom

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  • Kiteswarms GmbH

    1 Am Flugplatz
    Eschbach
    79427
    Germany

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  • SmartBay Ireland

    GMIT iHubs Galway, Dublin Road Galway
    H91 DCH9
    Ireland

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  • RWE Renewables GmbH

    74 Kruppstrasse
    Essen
    45145
    Germany

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  • Société Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques - Limburg

    1470 Chaussée de Haecht
    Brussels
    1130
    Belgium

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  • European Marine Energy Center

    Charles Clouston Building, Back Road
    Stromness, Orkney
    KW16 3AW
    United Kingdom

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  • Europaeisches Institut fuer Innovation - Technologie e.V.

    1/1 Universitaetspark
    Schwaebisch Gmuend
    73525
    Germany

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  • Bretagne Développement Innovation

    1 bis Rue de Fougères
    Cesson-Sévigné
    35510
    France

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  • Mayo County Council

    Aras an Chontae
    Castlebar
    Ireland

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Mayo County Council Aras an Chontae
Castlebar
Ireland
pmchale@mayococo.ie www.mayococo.ie/en/
Name Contact Name Email Country
Airborne Wind Europe AISBL Udo Zillmann zillmann@airbornewindeurope.org Belgium
Ampyx Power B.V. Pim Breukelman pim@ampyxpower.com Netherlands
Parkburn Precision Handling Systems Sam Bull sbull@parkburn.com United Kingdom
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult Thomas Wildsmith thomas.wildsmith@ore.catapult.org.uk United Kingdom
Kiteswarms GmbH Reinhart Paelinck reinhart@kiteswarms.com Germany
SmartBay Ireland Mairead Elliott mairead.elliott@smartbay.ie Ireland
RWE Renewables GmbH Anika Borm anika.borm@eon.com Germany
Société Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques - Limburg Guerric de Crombrugghe guerric.decrombrugghe@sabca.be Belgium
European Marine Energy Center Matthew Finn matthew.finn@emec.org.uk United Kingdom
Europaeisches Institut fuer Innovation - Technologie e.V. Chris Ashe c.ashe@eifi-tech.eu Germany
Bretagne Développement Innovation Hélène Morin h.morin@bdi.fr France

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