MSc Thesis Intern Open Application
Potential Fields of Interest:
• Systems engineering (mechanics, electronics, software, mechatronics, controls)
• Grid integration
• Social/institutional/commercial integration
Supporting research is addressing scientific challenges such as automatic flight control, structural dynamics and aerodynamics of tethered inflatable membrane wings. This includes development of physical models ranging from fast, real-time capable point mass or rigid body models up to accurate analysis tools based on Multi-Body or Finite Element discretisations. A second focal area is the design of efficient motor/generator units.
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Kitepower & TU Delft
The current generation of wind power relies on rigid support structures and is limited to altitudes up to 200 m. Wind at higher altitudes is significantly stronger and more persistent. To access this major potential of renewable energy, the Kite Power research group, and since 2016 also its commercial spin-off Kitepower B.V., are developing a technology based on inflatable membrane wings which are tethered to a motor/generator unit on the ground. The first 20 kW demonstrator system operates kites of 14, 25 or 50 m2 surface area in periodic pumping mode to generate mechanical reel-out power. A 100kW prototype is now being developed by Kitepower for commercial application.
Research in kite power generation was initiated in 1993 by Dutch physicist and ESA astronaut Wubbo Ockels, followed by a patent application for the Laddermill technology in 1997. The research group was established in 2005 and comprises staff members, PhD researcher, Researchers, and several MSc students. The technology is also subject of a dedicated MSc-level course “Airborne Wind Energy” at the Delft University of Technology.
Our crew comprises mechanical, aerospace, electrical and software engineers, natural sciences and sustainable energies professionals as well as business developers and designers. We are an international team with a multi-disciplinary background. This mixture of cultures and areas of expertise makes our company innovative and agile – and our daily work simply a lot more fun. The growing team of Kitepower is complemented by its strong industry partners. Each partner is a specialist on one of the supporting technologies or fundamental research behind Kitepower’s system.