Airborne wind energy takes flight in Mayo, Ireland

Supported through the Interreg North-West Europe Programme, the new test hub will facilitate continuous operation of AWE devices, enabling data generation critical for product development and industry standardization. This support is instrumental in advancing this renewable energy innovation to the commercial stage.

"Mayo County Council's support for the airborne wind energy test hub reflects our commitment to sustainable energy and innovation. The MegaAWE project partnership aligns with our vision for a cleaner, more prosperous future, emphasizing international cross-sector collaboration as a means to achieve it. We are excited about supporting this transformative industry," said Pat McHale, Senior Executive Engineer at Mayo County Council and a Project Lead for MegaAWE.

RWE Renewables, one of the largest global players in renewable energy, lead the construction and permitting process for the test hub, with Kitepower as a partner, marking the first AWE developer to test at the site. The site in Bangor Erris was chosen after an extensive global search for a suitable location to develop the airborne wind technology. Planning permission was granted earlier this year, allowing the Kitepower device to take flight.

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