Using high altitude winds

The department “Machine Vision and Signal Processing” develops controllers for generating wind energy with kites. In contrast with standard wind park technology that uses rotors, here wind energy is generated using a towing kite, which pulls a control vehicle connected to the ground around a circuit. The resulting kinetic energy is then converted into electrical energy by generators. A major advantage of this technology over conventional applications is the cost-effective use of kites at altitudes of up to 500 m, which significantly increases energy yields in offshore areas.

In collaboration with our partner institute ISW at the University of Stuttgart, an innovative prototype has been developed and constructed for controlling kites. This preliminary prototype forms the basis of a new and novel wind park for generating renewable energy.