In a groundbreaking leap towards a greener future, the European airborne wind energy sector celebrates the inclusion of Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) in the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). This move, spearheaded by Airborne Wind Europe, marks a historic milestone, as airborne wind energy secures its place in the sky.

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Germany aims for climate neutrality by 2045 calls for almost doubling renewable energy capacities by 2030. To achieve this, the rate of expansion must triple.  Airborne wind energy systems (AWES), a developing technology, that is in the focus of our Wind Lab 3, can make an important contribution to this as an innovative renewable energy technology. These systems generate electricity by using automated flying devices or kites which are attached by a tether or cable to a ground station. They tap into the strong winds at altitudes of 400-800 metres with very little material input. Airborne wind energy systems can make locations available for using wind power where turbine cannot be installed. In Germany alone a potential of around 20 gigawatts has been identified; worldwide the potential is in the thousands of gigawatts.

The latest EEG amendment (so-called “solar package”) has now implemented the political support for airborne wind energy that the association and its members have long been calling for various years; it is a groundbreaking signal which recognises the potential and relevance of the technology. The specific remuneration that has now been agreed offers banks and investors in particular greater certainty, thus enabling them to provide sufficient capital to airborne wind energy companies. Airborne wind energy technology can therefore not only create jobs but also open up new growth markets and provide impetus for Germany and Europe as industrial location.

In addition, the technology will experience increased visibility in the area of R&D topic selection and funding – both at national and EU level. Next to the companies, this will also strengthen the academic research landscape: Europe’s most renowned technical universities are already active in the field, such as TU Munich, Politecnico Milano, TU Delft and RWTH Aachen, which also educate future specialists in the field of renewable energies.

We’re elated about this new progress and proud to be contributing to the research and development of AWE through our consortium partners Airborne Wind Europe.

More information here.

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