The objective of the Task on AWE is to tackle various the specific challenges on a global level by addressing and including stakeholders who are not primarily AWE developers,
i.e., policymakers, authorities, regulators, and other wind energy and technology experts.
This is crucial because so far, the AWE community has been consisting mainly of developers and research institutions which convene every two years at the International Airborne Wind Energy Conferences (AWEC), of which the most recent one was held in October 2019 in Glasgow.
The sector association Airborne Wind Europe has started about two years ago with collaborative activities among its members (working groups on safety, sector roadmap, and recently on environmental and social impacts) but – even though being also open to non-European members – its main focus has been on Europe. Recently the sector has also been present at the Wind Energy Hamburg fair and conference, and within the European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE) network, a technical Committee on AWE has been set up in 2019 which convenes about twice a year.
A key benefit of the IEA Task on AWE will be that it opens the scope of collaboration to the whole world;
it will thus foster a truly international exchange of expertise, produce and gather new data and information, allow for joint learning, as well as accelerate the development of AWE technology and thus its impact on the international energy sector.
IEA Wind is considered the most suitable IEA TCP to include AWE, thus extending the scope beyond on- and offshore wind turbine systems to an additional, complementary wind harnessing technology.
AWE stakeholders will be able to benefit from the experience and established networks within IEA Wind while also providing new insights and technological expertise to them.
The expected results are:
- Enhanced international collaboration and coordination in the field of AWE. Following the integration work in IEA, IRENA, and other international networks, to leverage the work being done in the Task on AWE.
- National case studies on the 5 focus areas (work packages, WPs). Collaborative journal articles summarise and further analyze the work in national case studies.
- Updated library of Task publications and list of relevant studies and other publications
- Open-source dynamic models, with corresponding documentation and training opportunities, for common use in AWE research and development.