Environmental assessment and planning

MegaAWE – Maturing utility scale airborne wind energy towards commercialisation.

Interreg North-West Europe

MegaAWE is an Interreg NWE funded project and will run from 2020 to 2023 with a total budget of €12.29 million.

BlueWise Marine is part of this consortium led by Mayo County Council and funded by the Interreg NWE Regional Development Fund; MegaAWE will bring utility-scale AWES (“MW-AWES”) closer to the market, readying SMEs for its roll-out in NWE and beyond. It shall achieve this by:

  • endurance demonstration, to improve investability and secure interest of utilities;
  • demonstration of key enabling modules at MW-scale, to de-risk planning of commercial prototype demo;
  • developing an execution plan for MW-AWES commercial prototype demo, to ensure relevant innovation focus (incl. site & user requirements, design guidelines, system sizing & costing), validated by regions & users.

MegaAWE investment and outputs address the recommendations of the EU-commissioned 2018 Ecorys study on AWES. MegaAWE contributes with:

  • AWES test hub in Mayo, IE;
  • Precommercial AWES architecture demonstrated at 150kW in on-field pilot;
  • Three key enabling AWES modules at >1MW, demonstrated in-lab;
  • 20 Enterprises supported;
  • “MegaAWE” Platform, supporting MW-AWES development and future roll-out, matching needs & opportunities of regions & users with solutions of developers.

MegaAWE shall raise MW-AWES from TRL 5 to 7, strengthen innovation capacity of 12 SMEs and secure supply chain and investment towards the next step, commercial demonstration. By 2033, 50 AWES installed (150MW capacity) could then provide RE to 150,000 additional households in NWE.

More information available on the project website:


Project partners:

Lead Partner:

Mayo County Council

Project Partners:

  • Airborne Wind Europe AISBL
  • Ampyx Power B.V.
  • Parkburn Precision Handling Systems
  • Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • Kiteswarms GmbH
  • BlueWise Marine
  • RWE Renewables GmbH
  • Société Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques – Limburg
  • European Marine Energy Center
  • Europaeisches Institut fuer Innovation – Technologie e.V.
  • Bretagne Développement Innovation