The 8th International Airborne Wind Energy Conference was held on 15-16 October 2019 at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Altogether more than 220 delegates from 21 countries across Europe and abroad, scientists and engineers, entrepreneurs and investors gathered to share their experiences, findings, opportunities and visions for airborne wind energy.
The program included
– five plenary talks by selected experts from international agencies, industry and academia (WindEurope, Ampyx Power, Makani, IEA and Politecnico di Milano), and
– eleven contributed talk sessions in two parallel tracks, comprising a total of 42 presentations, and
– five panel discussions covering all aspects of airborne wind energy, including a further 10 presentations, and
– two poster sessions, each preceded by plenary spotlight presentations, with altogether 21 poster presentations.
We saw fascinating documentations of industrial developments, ongoing research projects and engaging panel discussions about key themes for the commercialization of the technology. In addition to the learning component, the conference was doubtlessly also the perfect opportunity to network within the emerging community.