Monday, 15 June


Aula congrescentrum

08:30 - 09:30

Registration & Coffee


Lecture Room C

09:30 - 10:00

Session: Conference Opening - Welcome Notes

Dr. Roland Schmehl, Associate Professor- Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft

Prof. Dr. Gerard van Bussel, Chairholder Wind Energy, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft

Prof. Dr. Hester Bijl, Dean, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft

Session: Industry Highlights

Chair: Roland Schmehl

10:00 - 10:25

Damon Vander Lind, Makani Power

Developing a 600 kW Airborne Wind Turbine

10:25 - 10:50

Michiel Kruijff, Ampyx Power

Status and Development Plan of the PowerPlane of Ampyx Power

10:50 - 11:15

Alexander Bormann, EnerKíte

Global Economy of Airborne Wind Energy and our Path Towards a Market-Ready Technology

11:15 - 11:35


Session: Regulation and Wind Environment

Chair: Guido Lütsch

Session: Modelling, Simulation and Control (Rigid Wing)

Chair: Roland Schmehl

11:35 - 11:55

Richard Ruiterkamp, Ampyx Power

Update on Certification and Regulations of Airborne Wind Energy Systems- European Case of Rigid Wings 

Alain de Solminihac, ENSTA Bretagne

Kite as Beam - An Analytical 3D Kite Tether Model

11:55 - 12:15

Ben Glass, Altaeros Energies

A Review of Wind Standards as they Apply to Airborne Wind Turbines

Damian Aregger, FHNW

Hardware in the Loop Testing for Autonomous Airborne Wind Energy Systems

12:15 - 12:35

David Brandt, EWC Weather Consult GmbH

Adapting Wind Resource Estimation for Airborne Wind Energy Converters

Henrik Hesse, ETH Zürich

Autonomous Pumping Cycles for Tethered Wings 

12:35 - 12:55

Ilona Bastigkeit, Fraunhofer IWES

Study on Wind Resources at Mid-Altitude

12:55 - 13:50


Session: Implemented Concepts

Chair: Rolf Luchsinger

Session: Control and Optimization

Chair: Christoph Hackl

13:50 - 14:10

Thomas Hårklau, Kitemill

Kitemill, a Driver of Second-Generation Wind Energy!

Curran Crawford, University of Victoria

To Fly a Kite, Glider or Prop Wing? 

14:10 - 14:30

Rolf Luchsinger, TwingTec AG

Closing the Gap: Pumping Cycle Kite Power with Twings

Christoph Hackl, Technische Universität München

DC-Link Control for Airborne Wind Energy Systems During Pumping Mode

14:30 - 14:50

Pedro Silva, Omnidea

Analysis of Experimental Data of a Hybrid System Exploiting the Magnus Effect for Energy from High Altitude Wind

Sanket Sanjay Diwale, EPFL

Predictive Control of an Airborne Wind Energy System using Gaussian Process Models

14:50 - 15:10

Bjarke Kronborg, eWind Solutions

eWind Solutions Company Overview and Major Design Choices 

Ramiro Saraiva, Federal University of Santa Catarina

Online Parameter Estimation for Flight Control of Tethered Airfoils

15:10 - 15:30

Lukas Braun, Enevate

Preparing the Road for 24 Hours Flight Operation of a Pumping Kite Power System

Marcelo De Lellis, Federal University of Santa Catarina

On the Optimization of Pumping Kites for Wind Power

15:30 - 15:50


Session: Business Development

Chair: Linda Kamp

Session: Modelling, Simulation and Control (Soft Wing)

Chair: Roland Schmehl

15:50 - 16:15

Matthew Doe, TU Delft

How to Introduce Kite-Based Airborne Wind Energy Systems - The Selection of Niche Strategies to Overcome Barriers to Adoption

Roland Schmehl, TU Delft

Traction Power Generation with Tethered Wings - A Quasi-Steady Model for the Prediction of the Power Output

16:15 - 16:40

Wolbert Allaart, Ampyx Power

Ampyx Power Market Development

M Prabu Sai Manoj, IIT Madras

Quasi-Steady Fluid Structure Interaction Model of the Surf Kite

16:40 - 17:05

Gordon Planes, T’Sou-Ke First Nation

Harvesting the Wind - A Canadian First Nations Perspective

Julius Berens, TU Delft

Dynamic Nonlinear Aeroelastic Behaviour of Flexible Wings in an Airflow

17:05 - 17:30

Corey Houle, Twingtec AG

Mobile Wind Farms Using Tethered Wings- Technical and Economic Considerations

Jelte Van Til, TU Delft

Dynamic Model of a Bridled Kite Including Rotational Deformations

17:30 - 19:30

Free Time

19:30 - 23:00

Dinner at Artcentre Delft and screening of AWE documentary

Tuesday, 16 June



Lecture Room C

Session: Finance and Networking

Chair: Chris Vermillion

09:30 - 09:50

Bryan Roberts (via video link)

Quad-Rotorcraft to Harness High Altitude Wind Energy 

09:50 - 10:10

Guido Lütsch, HWN500 Network

Airborne Wind Energy Network HWN500 - Shouldering R&D in Co-Operations

10:10 - 10:30

Roland Schmehl, TU Delft

The AWESCO Initial Training Network - Addressing the Key Engineering Challenges of Airborne WInd Energy

10:30 - 10:50

Udo Zillmann, Daidalos Capital

The Trillion Dollar Drone - A Change of Perspective

10:50 - 11:10

Chris Vermillion, UNC Charlotte

Development of a Micro Scale Closed-Loop Testing Framework for Airborne Wind Energy Systems - A case Study in University/Industry Collaboration

11:10 - 11:30


Session: Materials and Implemented Concepts

Chair: Alexander Bormann

Session: Modelling, Simulation and Control (Soft Wing)

Chair: Michael Erhard

11:30 - 11:50

Emre Dikmen, Kontra Engineering

Design Considerations and Control Implementation for a Two-Tethered Kite-Based Airborne Wind Energy System

Adrian Gambier, Fraunhofer IWES

Recovery Phase Analysis of Pumping Kites Wind Generator

11:50 - 12:10

Alfred Van den Brink, E-Kite

Design of the e-50 Ground Station

Michael Erhard, SkySails

Automatic Control of Optimal Pumping Cycles in Airborne Wind Energy

12:10 - 12:30

Tobias Schneiderheinze, TU Chemnitz

High-Performance Ropes and Drums in Airborne Wind Energy Systems

Uwe Fechner, TU Delft

Flight Path Planning in a Turbulent Wind Environment

12:30 - 12:50

Joep Breuer, Airborne Technology Centre

Composites Manufacturing for Airborne Wind Energy

Reinhart Paelinck, FlySurfer Kiteboarding R&D

High-Performance Soft Kite Technology State of the Art, Limits and Opportunities

12:50 - 13:10

Ingo Berbig, TU Chemnitz

Development of Multi-Functional Narrow Fabric as Tension Member of Winch Operations

Stefan Wilhelm, Hamburg University of Technology

Life Cycle Assessment of Electricity Production from an Airborne Wind Energy System

13:10 - 14:15


Poster Session (Foyer)

Group Photo

Session: Concepts and Designs

Chair: Moritz Diehl

Session: Modelling, Simulation and Experiments

Chair: Uwe Fechner

14:15 - 14:35

Florian Bauer, Technische Universität München

On Multicopter-Based Launch and Retrieval Concepts for Lift Mode Operated Power Generating Kites

Ahmad Hably, Gipsa-Lab

Éoliennes Volantes: Airborne Wind Energy Activities at the Gipsa-Lab

14:35 - 14:55

Stephan Schnez, ABB Switzerland Ltd

The Take-Off of an Airborne Wind Energy System Based on Rigid Wings

Antonello Cherubini, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Modelling and Design of Off-Shore Floating Platform for High Altitude Wind Energy Converters

14:55 - 15:15

Moritz Diehl, University of Freiburg

Multiple Wing Systems - an Alternative to Upscaling?

Nedeleg Bigi, ENSTA Bretagne

A Quasi-Analytical 3D Kite Tethered Model 

15:15 - 15:35

Gabor Dobos, Chemotronik Kft. (via video link)

Identified Flying Objects - IFO: An Un-Tethered Wind Energy System

Maximilian Ranneberg, EnerKíte

Estimation, Optimisation and Validation of Power Curves for Airborne Wind Energy

15:35 - 15:55

Bjorn Renneisen & Jan Hummel, TU Berlin

On Image Interpretation for Position Detection of Kites

Evangelos Ploumakis, TU Delft

Enhanced Kinetic Energy Entrainment in Wind Farms Wakes - LES Study of a Wind Turbine Array with Tethered Kites

16:00 - 16:15

Closing Remarks