With $200 million investment from company’s such as Google, EON, and Softbank, Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) has become a notable emerging technology. AWE involves electricity generation with drones, kites, or turbines airborne at altitudes where the wind is stronger and more consistent. AWE could also cost less than a traditional wind turbines.
IDTechEx Research has published a new report on AWE titled Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) 2017-2027. According to author of the report Chairman of IDTechEx Dr Peter Harrop, “Four developers plan to commercialise their AWE systems in the next four years, others promise sales later. Several will succeed – the market may grow in a similar way to traditional wind turbines.”
ABB has been contracted to supply and install medium voltage (MV) switchgear for wind turbines at the new Kilgallioch Windfarm. The windfarm is owned by ScottishPower Renewables and it is situated in south-west Scotland.
The windfarm will have 96 turbines, each having a 33 kilovolt (kV) switchgear, and a generating capacity of 239MW. The final handover is expected to take place in Oct 2016.
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