From idea to patent
Several patents have been granted to Ampyx Power by the European Patent Office (EPO).
Our first patent was about separate parts of our system like the autopilot, the flight pattern and the cable. In 2016 EPO granted us another patent application. It concerned a patent on the tethered aircraft (glider attached at 1 point with 6 degrees of freedom, to be precise, in order to distinguish our system from other Airborne Wind Energy initiatives which make use of fewer degrees of freedom). A third patent covers the optimal flight path of our aircraft to generate as much and consume as little energy as possible.
In May 2020 EPO published the patent for our method for landing a tethered aircraft as well as a take-off and landing system.
A number of other patents are still in the application process.