P5_4 Extreme Altitude Wind Power

Peter Hicks, Benedict Irwin, Hannah Lerman


This article investigates the use of the lift created by rigid aerofoils in altitudes of 1km to 7km as a method of generating energy. From the assumptions made by atmospheric and aerofoil models described in the article, an aluminium aerofoil is only effective up to a thickness of 220 μm. This is considered too small to create feasible rigid foils.

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