Harsh environmental conditions pose significant challenges to any technology used at sea. Conventional offshore wind power solutions encounters these circumstances with steel structures and concrete foundations. This makes the technology expensive and inflexible.
Airborne Wind Energy Systems of the SkySails F-class will revolutionize how we generate offshore wind power. The heavy materials needed for conventional turbine blades, the nacelle, and the tower, can be replaced by power kites using light flying fabrics. This dramatically reduces overall material consumption and, subsequently, production costs. What’s more, the lightweight alternative merely necessitates a floating platform, making deep waters newly accessible. Floating platforms drive down costs even farther by minimizing both the initial investment for the structure’s foundations, and the systems total running costs. For larger maintenance, the entire Airborne Wind Energy System can be easily towed to port. This eliminates the need of an expensive nautical infrastructure that can only service in favorable weather. The possibility to easily retrieve and stow the kite in heavy weather is another added benefit: it makes offshore wind power available anywhere, even in regions that are regularly hit by typhoons or hurricanes.