Landing deck with rotation system being readied for manufacturing

July 2020

An important part of Ampyx Power’s 150 kW demonstrator AWES is now being readied for manufacturing. Engineering company Parkburn specialized in the design, manufacturing and installation of product handling systems is contracted to build the 23 m diameter deck that will be used for landing the tethered aircraft that flies like a kite to generate wind power.

The compact deck autonomously aligns with the changing wind direction, allowing for minimum cross wind during catapult launch and horizontal landing of the 12 meter wingspan autonomous aircraft. The mechanism is a circular steel rail with moving carriages that support the deck. The deck will be round and flush with the ground, to support a wide range of test cases for the pre-commercial demonstrator. The deck will be built on a modular structure and will be ready in the beginning of next year. For a commercial system, the deck will be smaller, rectangular and elevated above the ground.

Project Manager AP3 Platform Ampyx Power Diane Fovet: “Parkburn’s expertise, practical approach and methods are exactly what we need at this point in time. As a manufacturing company with engineering capabilities, Parkburn designs towards manufacturing processes, keeping a focus on project planning and controlling project expenses. Working together with Parkburn will bring us a practical yet elegant solution.”

Parkburn’s project manager for AP3, Sam Bull:” AWES may play a significant part in the future of renewable energy as it offers a low carbon and efficient alternative for conventional wind energy technologies. The aircraft accesses the higher and more powerful winds above 200 m, requiring much less material to construct, smaller foundation, and infrastructure. We’re looking forward to contributing to this renewable energy innovation with our extensive expertise in a solution-oriented approach towards mechanical designs and in view of series production."