Wind Power Density in Italy
If you need to assess the power production of an high altitude (really high) wind energy plant, you need to start with the data about the Wind Power Density in a specific site. Wind power density at high altitude is extremely high, let's say 10 to 100 times what you find at the "low" altitudes of conventional wind turbines. I made this HD animation with Radiosonde data from Brindisi, Italy (a windy site for conventional wind energy and a relatively low-power site for high altitude wind energy) and I want to share it with you. The green dots that appear slowly represent the real data from twice-per-day measurements in the last 40 days of 2015. The interpolation in time and space is just to make it smooth and pleasant. Finally, the curve at the end of the animation suddenly shows the median value with respect to the whole 2015. Enjoy!
Below an example of power curve of an Airborne Wind Energy Converter. The bar diagram (light blue and dark blue) represents the wind distribution. The dark blue only represents the equivalent useful wind that is exploited by the generator. Finally, the capacity factor is shown.