The first airborne wind system on Aruba
Kitepower is a leading start-up for innovative systems, which generate electricity using kites to accelerate the way to a zero-emission world. As a follow-up of a five-year collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Defence, the mobile Airborne Wind Energy System (AWES) Falcon 100kW has been deployed near the area of Vader Piet on the island of Aruba. The system works by flying a kite in crosswind manoeuvres, which pulls a tether with the two phases of reeling out and reeling the kite back in. These cycles have a positive net energy output and the system is the perfect solution for islands due to the high coastal winds. However, the generated power needs to be stored if not used right away. With the airborne system being mobile and sustainable, the Kitepower team was searching for a fitting storage solution. For more information read the press release by Kitepower about this project here.
Battery storage for airborne energy
For this project, Greener supplied a battery as energy storage. Our battery Carmen accompanied the Kitepower system on its way to Aruba. After deployment the system by Kitepower is taking care of the power generation, while our battery stores the energy for later use. With the combination of the two systems, the combination is fully mobile and sustainable. There are no emissions and clean energy can be produced even at remote places cost-efficiently. This is due to the high costs of running a power line and importing fuel for generators on islands, such as Aruba. These costs can be saved with this solution.
The Greener battery is very complementary to our vision of remote kite powered micro-grids and currently enables us to perform rigorous testing in different environments.