Abstract of doctoral thesis - Xerogiannakis Georgios

"Modeling and predictive control of kite system for high altitude wind energy generation"

Kite energy is an emerging technology in airborne wind energy (AWE) that captures high altitude wind energy (HAWE) by exploiting its controlled flight of tethered wings. Compared with its ground level counterparts, AWE has the advantages to harness wind energy with a higher efficiency and a more consistent behavior. Automatic control of the kite's airfoils is crucial to the proper running of kite energy systems. A proposed feedback strategy could be based on motion planning using the virtual constraint approach and ensures exponential orbital stability of the desired pre-optimized figure-eight trajectory.