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AWES Could Potentially Halve Offshore Wind LCOE

UK-based Kite Power Solutions (KPS) is one of a handful of developers of airborne wind KPS Figure 1energy systems (AWES) who are pushing forward a technology to challenge the conventional horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWTs) in the utility-scale offshore market. Floating offshore AWES could potentially halve offshore wind levelised cost of energy (LCOE) compared with HAWTs. In this article, David Ainsworth of KPS explains the challenges in bringing this novel technology to market in the next ten years.

By David Ainsworth, Business Development Director, Kite Power Solutions, UK

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