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List of Dedicated AWE R&D Centers; Checklist for a Major Center

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  • dave santos
    Before there can be true working Kite Farms, AWE R&D Centers will be the places where the pioneering experiments are done on an intensive extended basis. Lets
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 28, 2012
      Before there can be true working Kite Farms, AWE R&D Centers will be the places where the pioneering experiments are done on an intensive extended basis.

      Lets define an AWE R&D Center as a dedicated location favorable for technical kite work, with quality-of-life as a key basis for serious ongoing research by professionals. Centers are forming around the world, with many more to follow. 

      At some point, large programs of comparative R&D will emerge to establish major locations that bring together the best folks in the world for the prolonged effort to perfect AWES design. Perhaps some far-sighted planner is already laying out the outlines of a true R&D "Mecca", with participation of local govenments and schools, plus business incentives. The opportunity is wide-open for a leadership play.

      A very partial list of current active sites-

      Kite Power Cooperative/ Isle of Lewis
      KiteGen/ Sommariva Perno
      KiteLab Austin/ Maxwell, TX
      KiteLab Illwaco/ Long Beach, WA
      Langley/ Wallops Flight Test Range
      Makani Power Alameda Island
      NTS GmbH/ Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
      TUDelft/ Valkenburg Naval Base


      Known potential sites-

      Padre Island, Texas- mild winter
      Staten Island (Freshkills Lanfill) US- Next to NYC
      WOW Calabria, Italy/ working airport
      Joby's Hawaii site
      Edwards AFB (USA)


      Updated List of Ideal R&D Center Characteristics-

      Good wind, with varied conditions

      Access to open water (for "offshore" study)

      Low local air traffic

      Good international travel and shipping access

      Low cost of living

      Skilled labor

      Living accommodations- hotels, dorms, kitchens, baths

      Socio-cultural assets- recreation, cafes, music, goods and services

      Regional academic partners- Higher learning and vocational, local grade schools

      Siting incentives, sponsors, underwriters

      Large airfield with clear wind approaches

      Utility vehicles, field machinery (anchoring and winching)

      Shop infrastructure- rigging, metal, electronics, etc.

      Good Net access, multi-media, conferencing, etc

      Competent facility governance, governing board, pro staffing
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