AWEC2021 Program


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Social Program – Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Welcome cocktail and visit to Politecnico di Milano Wind Tunnel facility

WhereBovisa Campus, Building B19
: 15.30-19.00

Technical Program – Thursday, 23 June 2022

WhereLeonardo Campus, Building 13 (“Trifoglio”), 2nd floor


Conference opening - Room Colombo (T.2.1)




Plenary Session I - Room Colombo (T.2.1)


Stephan Barth, IEA Wind


Paula Nardone, IRENA


Regular sessions


Modeling and Control I

Business Development

Resource, siting, acceptance


Room Vespucci (T.2.3)

Room Colombo (T.2.1)

Room Polo (T.2.2)           


Kernel-based Identification of Periodically Parameter-Varying Models of Power Kites

Mingzhou Yin, ETH Zurich

Commercial AWE Systems

Kristian Petrick, Airborne Wind Europe

Comparison of Two Data-driven Airborne Wind Energy Oriented Long-term Weather Forecast Methods

Zhixin Feng, TU Delft


Safety-Critical Hybrid Control of Airborne Wind Energy Systems

Nikolaus Vertovec, University of Oxford

Rapidly Deployable Airborne Wind Energy Systems for Defense and Disaster Response

Eric J. Lang, Univ. of Dayton Research Institute

The Airborne Wind Energy Resource Analysis Tool AWERA

Lavinia Thimm, University of Bonn


Towards an autonomous flight control of small drones for airborne wind energy

Luca Sartori, Skypull SA

Lessons Learned in Maturing Novel Renewables

Kester Gunn, RWE Renewables

Towards flow-field characterization for AWES

Mark Kelly, DTU



Iterative Learning-Based Kite Path Optimization for Maximum Energy Harvesting

James Reed, North Carolina State University

Removing hurdles towards utility-scale AWES development

Michiel Kruijff, Ampyx Power BV

Save Japan from a Future Social Crisis! ‘Mothership’ Project Current Development Progress

Eiji Itakura, Toyota Motor Corporation


Fault-tolerant Control of Airborne Wind Energy Systems with Quadrotor/Fixed-Wing UAV Configuration

Tareg Mohammed, Politecnico di Milano

Airborne wind energy development database

Roland Schmehl, TU Delft

Social Acceptance of Airborne Wind Energy

Helena Schmidt, TU Delft


Coffee Break - main hall



Technical Program – Thursday, 23 June 2022

WhereLeonardo Campus, Building 13 (“Trifoglio”), 2nd floor


Regular sessions


Modeling and Control II

Company Developments

Aerodynamics and Structure I


Room Vespucci (T.2.3)

Room Colombo (T.2.1)

Room Polo (T.2.2)


Kite Path–following with L0 and L1 Controllers Tested on a Small–scale Prototype

Sérgio Vinha, Universidade do Porto     

First Airborne Wind Energy operation on a tropical island

Joep Breuer, Kitepower BV

High fidelity Fluid-Structure Interaction Simulation of a Multi-megawatt Airborne Wind Energy Reference System

Niels Pynaert, Ghent University



Model Predictive Path–Following Control of Airborne Wind Energy Systems with Guaranteed Stability

Manuel C.R.M. Fernandes, Universidade do Porto

Polar Wind Highways

Ignacio Oficialdegui , Acciona and Windsled


VL3: a novel aerodynamic concept tool for AWES design

Eric Trottemant, Ampyx Power BV



Quantifying AWE Optimal Control Problem Tractability with Simple Vortex Models

Rachel Leuthold, University of Freiburg

Rotary Kite Turbine Development

Roderick Read, Windswept and Interesting Ltd


Improving Lifting-Line/Vortex-Step Methods for Kite Applications using 2D Unsteady Thin Airfoil Theory Results

Mac Gaunaa, DTU



ICM-autoKite Project: Control approaches for an automated kite propulsion

Franziska Hein, University of Stuttgart

Technical Development in Kitemill

Espen Oland, Kitemill AS


Combined Experimental and Numerical Aerodynamic Optimisation of High-Performance Rigid-Wing AWE Systems

Denes Fischer, Technical University Berlin



Automated Power Cycles in Daylong Operation at SkySails Test Site

Manfred Quack, SkySails Power GmbH

Practicalities of Site Selection for an Offshore AWE Demonstration: A Case Study for Ireland

Inés Coca-Tagarro, BlueWise Marine    

A Semi-Empirical Aerodynamic Model Based on Dynamic Stall for Rigid-Framed Delta Kites during Figure-of-Eight Maneuvers

Iván Castro-Fernández            , Universidad Carlos III de Madrid


Lunch – Ground floor and outside


Plenary Session II - Room Colombo (T.2.1)


Stephan Wrage, Skysails Power GmbH


OEM presentations:


TwingTec’s path to commercialization


Rolf Luchsinger, TwingTec AG


Skypull historical development


Aldo Cattano, Skypull SA


Round Table I


Poster Spotlights I


Coffee Break - main hall


Technical Program – Thursday, 23 June 2022

WhereLeonardo Campus, Building 13 (“Trifoglio”), 2nd floor


Poster Session I and Coffee Break (main hall)


Estimation of Unknown Aerodynamic Forces of an AWE System

Ahmad Hably, Grenoble-INP 

Energy Mix and Security Benefits of Airborne Wind Energy for Net Zero

Will Kennedy Scott, Seift Airgen Ltd.

Use and inspection of ropes in Airborne Wind Energy applications

Gregor Novak, University of Stuttgart


Modeling and Control of Airborne Wind Energy Systems using Prandtl lifting line and actuator line/curve models

Jean-Baptiste Crismer, Université catholique de Louvain

Fatigue Life Optimized Electromechanical Tether Design for Multimegawatt AWE

Stefan Neuhold, swiss inventix GmbH

Economic Potential of applying Circular Economy to AWE

Franco Vernazza, University of Buenos Aires


Using the Lidar-validated hindcast model NORA3 for resource estimates of airborne wind energy systems

Jan Markus Diezel, University of Bergen

Flight Test Procedure of the Vertical Take-Off of a Tailsitter as Airborne Wind Energy System

Hendrik Fuest, RWTH Aachen University               

Modelling aeroelastic deformation of inflatable membrane kites

Jelle Poland, TU Delft


Magnus Effect Kites: Optimal Reel-Out Speeds for Cross-Wind Power Production and Early Simulation & Test Results

Garrett Smith, Wind Fisher SAS            

AirWing, a self-regulating control system for kites

Ingo Mewes, Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch” Berlin

An Efficient Optimal Control Method for Airborne Wind Energy Systems with a Large Number of Slowly Changing Subcycles

Jakob Harzer, University of Freiburg


Regular sessions


Performance and optimization

Techno-economic studies

Prototyping and operation


Room Vespucci (T.2.3)

Room Colombo (T.2.1)

Room Polo (T.2.2)



Performance Investigation of Utility-Scale Airborne Wind Energy Farms using Large-Eddy Simulations

Thomas Haas, KU Leuven


NREL Airborne Wind Energy Workshop and Technical Report 2021

Jochem Weber, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  


Status of UC3M Testbed for the Aerodynamic Characterization of Kites Applied to AWES

Francisco De Los Ríos-Navarrete, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid



Power Losses Analysis of AWESs via a Novel Quasi-Analytical Dynamic Model

Gregorio Pasquinelli, Politecnico di Milano

Airborne Wind Energy for Sea Water Desalination: A Techno-Economic Study

Mahdi E. Salari, University College Cork

Maximizing visibility of AWE systems for airspace users

Corey Houle, TwingTec AG



Multidisciplinary design and optimization of fixed-wing AWESs

Filippo Trevisi, Politecnico di Milano

Life-Cycle Analysis of an Airborne Wind Energy System

Kristian Petrick, Airborne Wind Europe 

Rotational Launch and Landig: Flight tests at EnerKite

Christian Gebhardt, Enerkite GmbH



Circular AWE Parks with High Ground Area Power Density

Moritz Diehl, University of Freiburg

A reference economic model for airborne wind energy systems

Rishikesh Joshi, TU Delft        

SkyPower100 - Realization of a fully automatic AWES (100 kW)

Patrick Junge, Skysails Power GmbH





Optimal reeling control for pumping airborne wind energy systems without wind speed feedback

Andrea Berra, Advanced Center for Aerospace Technologies

Feasibility analysis to find an appropriate financing strategy for a 25 KW kite generator in the Iran energy market

Mehrad Zolfaghari, Islamic Azad University

Concepts for Obstruction Marking and Demand-Oriented Obstruction Avoidance to Ensure a Safe Operation of AWE Systems

Nicole Allgaier, Enerkite GmbH



Social Program – Thursday, 23 June 2022

Conference banquet

Where: Ristorante “La Tradizionale”

When: 19.00-22.00



Technical Program – Friday, 24 June 2022

WhereLeonardo Campus, Building 13 (“Trifoglio”), 2nd floor


Plenary Session III - Room Colombo (T.2.1)


Chris Vermillion, North Carolina State University


Regular sessions


Modeling and Control III

System Design

Aerodynamics and Structure II


Room Vespucci (T.2.3)

Room Colombo (T.2.1)

Room Polo (T.2.2)



Experimental Validation on Using Drones for the Take-off and Landing Phases of an AWE System

Zakeye Azaki, Grenoble-INP

Rotation compensator based cyclic pitch control for Rotary Airborne Wind Energy Systems

Christof Beaupoil, someAWE Labs S.L.  

High-fidelity Tether Models for Airborne Wind Energy

Michael McWilliam, DTU



Power Smoothing in Utility-Scale Airborne Wind Energy Trajectory Optimization

Jochem De Schutter, University of Freiburg 

Design Analysis of a Rotary Airborne Wind Energy System

Oliver Tulloch, University of Strathclyde


Analytical wake models for crosswind kites

Mojtaba Kheiri, Concordia University




C++ Based Systems Engineering Framework as a Key Approach Towards Efficient, Reliable, and Autonomous Flying Wind Turbine Products

Florian Bauer, kiteKRAFT GmbH

Assessing Feasibility of Pumping Airborne Wind Energy Systems During Conceptual Design

Paul Williams, Ampyx Power BV

An Entrainment-Based Model for Annular Wakes, with Applications to Airborne Wind Energy

Sam Kaufman-Martin, University of California, Santa Barbara



Julia Kite Power Tools

Uwe Fechner, Aenarete - Smart Wind

Drivetrain concepts for pumping airborne wind energy systems

Rishikesh Joshi, TU Delft

Aero-structural design tailoring of composite AWE wings

Ashwin Candade, Enerkite GmbH



Some modelling and control aspects of rotational starting and landing

Maximilian Ranneberg, Enerkite GmbH


The ICM-autoKite Project: Developing an automated kite propulsion system for the KITE GAS/FUEL SHIP and economic green hydrogen production

Klaus Heudorfer, University of Stuttgart

The Daedalus project: AWE tether engineering method substantiated

Rigo Bosman, RIGO Ropes



Optimal flight path for Fly-Gen Airborne Wind Energy Systems

Filippo Trevisi, Politecnico di Milano     

The Pyramid, a TRPT rethink

Roderick Read, Windswept and Interesting Ltd

AWES Wing Structural Analysis and Design

Edward Fagan, Ampyx Power BV


Coffee Break - main hall




Technical Program – Friday, 24 June 2022

WhereLeonardo Campus, Building 13 (“Trifoglio”), 2nd floor


Plenary Session IV - Room Colombo (T.2.1)


Philip Bechtle, University of Bonn


Poster Spotlights II


Lunch – Ground floor and outside


Poster Session II and Coffee Break (main hall)


On control of phase transitions in Airborne Wind Energy Systems

Nicolas Kessler, Politecnico di Milano


KGM1 – A different approach to the Airborne Wind Energy technology

Marco Ghivarello, GHIVA Prog. CAD

Dynamics of tethered airborne wind energy systems

Amar Fayyad K. Akberali, Concordia University


Predictive Control of a Morphing Airborne Wind Energy System

Jacob B. Fine, North Carolina State University


Ground Station Control of an Airborne Wind Energy System in a Complete Operational Cycle

Ali Arshad Uppal, Universidade do Porto      

Open-source parametric FE meshing tool for fixed-wing AWE kites

Dylan Eijkelhof, TU Delft


Airborne Wind Energy Farm Layout and Optimization

Luís A.C. Roque, Universidade do Porto

Swinging Motion of a Flexible Membrane Kite with Suspended Control Unit During Turning Maneuvers

Mark Schelbergen, TU Delft

Flying a rigid kite with a single tether attachment point

Tallak Tveide, Kitemill AS



Trajectory Tracking Controller Design and Simulation of a Tethered Aircraft

Anıl Sami ÖNEN, Middle East Technical University               

Achieving ultralight, rigid, durable, low-cost composite AWE kites with efficient design and manufacturing

Florian Breipohl, Enerkite GmbH          

Annual Wind Resource Assessment for an Airborne Wind Energy System

Edgar Uriel Solís-Magallanes, Metropolitan Polytechnic University of Hidalgo                  


Plenary Session V - Room Colombo (T.2.1)


OEM presentations:


Kitepower’s journey to the Islands and beyond


Johannes Peschel, Kitepower BV


Kitemill - commercial development


Thomas Hårklau, Kitemill AS


A Multidimensional Trade-off


Gian Mauro Maneia, Kitenergy Srl


Round Table II



Registration package: A welcome desk to collect the registration package will be available in the following times:

·         15.30-18.00 on 22 June 2022 close to the Wind Tunnel Facility, Bovisa Campus, Building B19

·         8.30-16.00 on 23 June 2022 in the main hall, Leonardo Campus, Building 13 (“Trifoglio”), 2nd floor

·         8.30-14.00 on 24 June 2022 in the main hall, Leonardo Campus, Building 13 (“Trifoglio”), 2nd floor