NREL Wind Power Land-Use Study and Standards
- Land-use is a major driving factor in utility-scale wind power, especially in highly constrained land markets. "Conventional wind" is a similarity model and starting baseline for analytic comparison with Kite Farms. By tapping wind up to 600m altitude, AWES should far outperform surface turbines in "capacity density", but with more complex land-use constraints, including high operational "temporary impacts", and added airspace dimensions.
The link below is to a current NREL study of wind farm land-use, with an eye toward standards. A key finding for large US wind farms is a "capacity density range of 2-10 MW/km2"-