Re: [AirborneWindEnergy] Re: Conductive Tether Blues
- JoeF,Re: small tower solution, i was speaking for gentiles who are not "tako kichi" (kite crazy). Flying kites from towers is a good compromise, no?Here is a fix for sudden conductive tether sag-Neat Volcano ApplicationA tall volcanic cone with a top crater is ideal terrain for anchoring large scale AWE. Simply bore anchors thru the thin crater wall & bring the cables together in the center. An AWE array can launch & land suspended from this center. Several great volcanoes reach to around 15000 ft not far from large populations, For example, Popocatepetl volcano could serve as a high altitude base to tap the subtropic jet stream within sight of Mexico City.-------------------------------------Whoops. last post failed to mention problem of high conductive losses of long flygen tethers.
--- On Sun, 10/25/09, Joe Faust <joefaust333@...> wrote:
From: Joe Faust <joefaust333@...>
Subject: [AirborneWindEnergy] Re: Conductive Tether Blues
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009, 4:39 PMI am voting to use "a" instead of "the" for small fixed location solution.
>> ""DanF is right that a tower is the solution for a small fixed installation. ""
The alternative would read:
"DanF is right that a tower is a solution for a small fixed installation. "
What tickles this tension?
I am assuming that by "tower" was meant the hard-structured tower with compressional members with or without cable stays for holding rotors of various number of blades (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.). I am not ready to quit on searching and finding neat ever-up AWECS (EU-AWECS) for the sector that might be covered by "small fixed installation. " For one, I sense we are yet in the infancy of putting on the choice table the possibilities.
Your two-line tether tension-only tower and your three-line tension-only tether tower are yet incubating; out of those may come something strong for small fixed installations. Also, the kytoon continues to be improved and make intrusions into AWECS designing that may be fit for small fixed installations. And there will be the wrestle with just what "small" and "fixed" means per site and need. And I keep open that the three mentioned avenues for tension-only towering may be a beginning part of a short-list of AWE solutions for small fixed installations.
It will be interesting to see total system cost per kWh that may come out of competing solutions for small fixed installations. Total system cost will include operator's time, average casualty, replacement smoothing, property value changes from installation fact, repair, maintenance, etc.
The hard towered evolving is also not finished for small fixed installations. AWE infancy will grow up. Then we will see wider choices.