HIGH ALTITUDE WIND ENERGY
This project focus on a high altitude platform for wind energy convertion capable of varying the altitude at which the energy is produced. Also, having no fans of any type, it produces energy from the aerodynamic forces acting upon an airborne airfoil-like craft. If connected to the ground through a tether cable, this apparatus can convert wind energy into electrical energy, in a completely new and innovative way. This type of construction allows a significant price reduction per unit of power installed as well as an easier implementation of the concept in off-shore applications (regardless of water depth).
Who We Are
Our research team, with varied engineering backgrounds, handles the complex problems arising from the experience with aerospace technology and energy systems, while simultaneously providing solutions to the challenges involved in any R&D activity. We are a group of engineers, actively engaged in the pursuit for “next generation” energy conversion systems. Reaching this goal requires extensive work in the development of airborne structures, knowledge of unconventional means of propulsion and a throughout understanding of energy transfer forms.
Founded in August 2003, OMNIDEA is a Portuguese small to medium enterprise (SME) incubated in the European Space Agency (ESA. After an initial period in the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) of ESA in Noordwijk (The Netherlands), Omnidea evolved into an independent company and, even though its ties to ESA remain as strong as ever, it has definitely achieved critical dimension. Amongst the highlights of its brief history we emphasize the victory achieved, with the ENERGON project, in the “New Venture Business Plan” competition held in the Netherlands in 2004, but also the portfolio of submitted patents that grant Omnidea a comfortable starting position into its technology oriented future.
Partnership & Network
Omnidea is a recent associate of PROESPAÇO, the Portuguese Association of Space Industries. Being a non profitable organization, interested in the promotion of space related activities in Portugal, PROESPAÇO works at governmental level, significantly broadening OMNIDEA's horizons into space-related activities. http://www.proespaco.pt/
Harboring Omnidea's operational facilities, IST is the country's largest engineering faculty being part of TU Lisbon (Portugal). This partnership allows Omnidea to access unrivalled amounts of technical expertise in multiple knowledge fields, while simultaneously granting quick access to IST laboratories (Electrochemistry), workshops (Mechanical) and equipments (Materials Testing). http://tecnico.ulisboa.pt/
The European equivalent of NASA, a key player in all European aerospace related activities, ESA remains our most significant partner and customer, both in active R&D, bur also in future opportunities for R&D related joint ventures. http://www.esa.int
MCG mind for metal has been involved in the metallic component industry for 60 years. http://www.mcg.pt/pt
LNEG is an Portuguese R&D institution oriented to respond to the needs of society and enterprises. Betting on a sustainable research and for sustainability through the generation of knowledge of our territory. http://www.lneg.pt/
OHB System is a German company that develops and manufactures space systems. A key product of the company is fully integrated satellites. https://www.ohb-system.de/
Thales Alenia Space has more than 40 years of experience in the design, integration, testing, operation and commissioning of innovative space systems. Featuring cutting-edge technologies, these systems meet the needs of commercial, government, scientific, defense and security customers from around the world. https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/thales-alenia-spa
The National Space Organization (NSPO, formerly known as the National Space Program Office) is the civilian space agency of Taiwan under the auspices of the Executive Yuan's National Science Council. http://www.nspo.org.tw/en/