Airborne Wind Energy, Modeling & Optimization

Sébastien Gros

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 11:00 - 12:00

Room 01-012, Georges-Köhler-Allee 102, Freiburg 79110, Germany

This talk reviews in a tutorial manner several years of research on the efficient modelling and numerical optimisation of Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) systems. The constrained mechanics approach is presented in a new and more intuitive way. The problem of representing the SO(3) rotation group, which is crucial in AWE is clarified, and some recent results on the handling of the orthogonality conditions of the Direct Cosine Matrix representation in the context of optimal control are presented. Finally, future research directions such as the integration of AWE in the power grid are introduced.