Analysis of Advantages and Disadvantages


New technological innovations possess opportunities, weaknesses, risks and strengths.

An annual review of the Company is one of the fundamental obligations of the management. 
The SWAT-analysis (SWOT = Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats) of X-Wind technology is detailed further below.


Opportunities

  • Production costs comparable with fossil fuel systems
  • Rising prices of fossil fuels
  • Energy source: Wind is free of charge
  • Growing environmental awareness
  • Promotion and marketing independence from fossil fuels
  • General rise of energy costs
  • Globalization and Europeanization
  • Increasing resistance to nuclear energy
  • Rising prices of CO2 certificates increase profitability of NTS systems


Weaknesses

  • Infrastructural development
  • Lengthy approval processes
  • Potential opposition to the minimal visual impact X-Wind plants have on the landscape


Risks

  • Adaptation and modification to comply with legal and regulatory restrictions for development approval
  • Scope of infrastructural development requirements
  • Compliance with international laws and regulations
  • Long-term contracts



Strengths

  • Germany’s recognized position on environmental technology
  • Environmentally friendly systems (wind is free!)
  • No CO2 emissions generated during energy production 
  • Systems built to size according directly to client requirements
  • On-site production of energy
  • Production of environmentally friendly hydrogen from surplus capacities of X-Wind systems
  • Strong intellectual property situation (Patents for over 80% of the world market)
  • Easy deconstructable
  • No stroboscopic effect
  • Bird and bat safe
  • Scalable at site
  • Being competitive with fossil fuels
  • Providing decentralized systems
  • Minimal environmental impact
  • Low use of recoursses
  • Only proven components (standard rail road tracks, bogies from electrical trains, motors from CNC machinery, ropes and kites, standard grid connection parts)
  • Long time scalability
  • Kite size easily changed to better adapt to seasonal wind conditions
  • X-Wind Kites can easily be lowered and brought down in the case of extreme winds
  • Low noise emission
  • Extremely landscape friendly (nearly invisible)

Economic Relevance

The wind energy systems marketed by X-Wind Powerplants compete with all other energy producing systems. X-Wind systems have such unique features that they are virtually unequalled. Even in the currently still subsidized energy market X-Wind systems remain unchallenged due to their production consistency and base load capacities.

Overview of Objectives

The X-Wind Concept:

Collecting energy from the atmosphere with kites rather than with propellers

          1. Generating CO2 free energy with almost continuous operation
          2. Being competitive with fossil fuels
          3. Strong intellectual property situation (Patents for over 80% of the world market are granted)
          4. Building systems according to direct client requirements
          5. Providing decentralized systems
          6. Minimal environmental impact
          7. Low use of recources
          8. Bird and bat safe (low speed moving)
          9. Only proven components (standard rail road tracks, bogies from electrical trains, motors from CNC                                    machinery, ropes and kites, standard grid connection parts)
          10. Long term scalability
          11. Kite size can easily be changed to better adapt to seasonal conditions
          12. X-Wind kites can easily be lowered and brought down in the case of extreme winds
          13. No stroboscopic effect
          14. Low noise emission
          15. Easy deconstructable
          16. Extremly landscape friendly (nearly invisible)

Target Markets

First Target: Germany

Current status:   27,000 wind energy systems are currently (2016) operating in Germany Anzahl Windkraftanlagen(source: BWE).

A wind energy system generates about 1700MWh/year on average. Operators currently receive about 8 Cent/KWh according the Germany’s Renewable Energy Law (EEG). This creates a stable calculation model for X-Wind systems. Operators are able to yield even higher prices through various energy trading platforms. 

The base load capacity of X-Wind systems ensures, unlike conventional wind and solar energy systems, production during peak periods to yield correspondingly higher returns.

A conventional modern 2MW off-shore wind energy system costs approximately 4-6 million Euros and reaches a profitability of approximately 6-9% at an average capacity factor of 38% maximum. Initial calculations indicate that an X-Wind system will also cost approximately 4-6 million Euro per 2 MW. Yet its capacity factor is at least 60% (70%-85% realistically) yielding an efficiency of at least 12%. The operational and maintenance costs of an NTS system are also lower.

Energyproduction D sm 

 

  X-Wind systems also
  perform well in
  comparison with solar
  energy systems
: a solar
  energy system with a
  capacity of 1.4MW firstly
  requires an enormous
  area of more than
  60,000m2 and secondly,
  the average efficiency of
  solar energy systems is under
  5% at best and not
  continually operable
  (day/night cycle).