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Onshore Airborne Wind Technology in Ireland: Bangor Erris Test Site

The technology

The technology uses a glider to capture wind speeds at higher altitudes. The wind speed is consistently strong at altitude which enables the glider device to operate more efficiently. The Airborne Wind Energy System (AWES) is a glider that is tethered to the ground with an ultra-strong and durable cable. As the glider moves through the air, the tethered cable is wound in and out of a pully system on the ground. This constant retraction and release motion then creates electricity on the ground via a winch system and associated gears. The compact systems that our technology partners Ampyx Power are intending to deploy will avoid the need of heavy towers and foundations, making it a very cost-effective solution for the production of energy. This technology system also considerably reduces the visible impact on the surrounding area.        

To learn more about the device itself and how it operates, our technology partner Amypx Power has a very informative website.


The project

After an exhaustive worldwide search for a suitable location for this demonstration site, we have identified a perfect parcel of land just south of Bangor Erris that would be ideal. This technology is a completely new concept in the world of energy generation and one which we hope will pave the way for a comer commercial application. However, at this stage the technology is in the research and development stage. As such, this is a very small-scale project with very little noticeable impact. 

The land at Bangor Erris is ideally suited to this technology test for a number of reasons; Its remoteness, its excellent consistent wind speed and its quiet airspace. As part of our application, we have consulted with many stakeholders to ensure we have the best plan possible. 

Our plans for the site include installation of a take-off and landing platform, some maintenance hangers and some other associated infrastructure. We have designed the site to have as little impact as possible on the surrounding area as to ensure minimal visual intrusion.

This project is publicly funded by the Interreg North-West Europe program
within the project “MegaAWE”

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