Distributed energy production

The goal of any power plant is to get as much energy as possible with minimal losses. Often the solution to this problem is suitable so to say “on the forehead.” Engineers are trying to achieve the maximum unit capacity, that is, to achieve maximum performance from one device. Than it is caused? Often, the main motive – to reduce the cost of investment in auxiliary devices, as well as reduce maintenance costs. In some cases, this is due to political considerations – we have the largest ship or airplane. In the worst case, the desire to reach peak power is caused by a narrow perception of the problem. A feature of obtaining energy from high-altitude winds is interaction with a powerful uncontrolled element. The problem of curbing the elements of the elements is not always acute before the engineers. But in cases with wind, even at a low level, engineers are aware of the insidious nature.

What to do in this case? How to secure the system from an accident and be able to work in a greater range of wind speeds? A possible solution can be distributed power generation, i.e. Create a lot of small devices. Moreover, it is important that each device is physically independent. With this approach, the failure of one of the devices does not entail the death of the entire system. Devices can be at different heights, setting the optimal mode. Scottish colleague Roderick Read believes that the creation of an air network of interconnected devices will help maintain the entire system in the air, helping individual elements to be kept in the air at the expense of others. My opinion, a much more serious problem is the security of the entire system during periods of high winds, which should be dealt with by any AWE device by its nature. This approach can be compared with an anthill. Each ant is not physically connected with the other and this ensures the survival of the entire anthill. At the same time, every ant is informed and at the moment of danger knows what to do. It is interesting that stationary wind generators are economically unprofitable to do with a small unit capacity, because the cost of support is very high. But this is not so for a flying wind turbine. Here the cost of support is minimal and this makes it possible to take full advantage of the distributed generation of energy.

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