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Windtech International July August 2024 issue






Could It Change the Game for Renewables?

Enerkite fig 1What if reliable and cheap wind energy could be generated, stored and distributed straight out of a box? EnerKíte GmbH from Germany has developed a novel technology to harness the stronger and steadier winds at higher altitudes. At average to fair onshore wind conditions the kite-based wind power plants – or airborne wind energy converters – allow for capacity factors way above 70% while aiming to keep the cost of electricity below 5 euro-cents per kilowatt-hour. The combination of stronger winds at higher altitudes and the low design wind speeds of 7.5m/s enable capacity factors higher than offshore power plants at a lower cost. Distributed generation, storage and hybridisation with other renewables could all help towards 100% renewable scenarios.

By Alexander Bormann, CEO, EnerKite, Germany


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