Airborne Wind Energy

IDTechEx Research, a leading provider of independent market research, business intelligence and events on emerging technology, announces the availability of a new report, Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) 2017-2027 [ ].

Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) employs kites, tethered drones or turbines in balloons to make electricity, accessing more consistent, stronger winds above those reached by wind turbines on land. This new report comes as 50 developers seriously plan for viability partly because of onerous emissions laws driving replacement of diesel gensets, fossil fuel power stations and diesel ships.

Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman of IDTechEx and author of this new report says, “Four developers plan to commercialise their AWE systems in the next four years, others promise sales later. Several will succeed – the market may grow in a similar way to traditional wind turbines.”

AWE is disruptive because it could be much less expensive and intrusive than the traditional wind turbine. Indeed, it is capable of much more with its uniquely low capital cost and easy transportability. AWE has moved from a hobbyist curiosity to attracting around $200 million initial investment from giants Google, EON, Shell, Schlumberger, Tata, Softbank and others.

Clearly things are changing and IDTechEx, after two years of interviews, visits and analysis by PhD level, multi-lingual researchers, can now make sense of it all in this new report, including giving profiles of 25 winners and losers. The report appraises what remains between the proponents and commercial success, including attracting the necessary level of next-stage finance and technical assistance.

The report Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) 2017-2027 is intended for CEOs, business planners, marketing VPs, academics, legislators, commentators, investors and others seeking a balanced, easily read, current analysis of this newly credible option. Emphasis is on commercialisation and the future.

Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) 2017-2027 is replete with infographics, tables and graphs clarifying the variety of opportunity and AWE technology. It takes a strictly analytical rather than evangelical approach. The report assesses which proponents will be the most promising investments, providing certain limitations are overcome, and how much funding lies between them and success.