Exploring the feasibility of installing Smart-Kite's airborne wind energy system on commercial ships
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On the issue of climate change, which is one of the biggest problems of the century we live in, measures are being taken at the level of states. The importance of decarbonization in the road map drawn on this subject is increasing day by day, and the necessary action plans are tried to be taken. In parallel with this trend, such a revolution can be observed in the shipping industry. The shipping industry plays a crucial role in global trade and is an important factor that makes globalization possible. However, the concept of increasing clean green energy is putting pressure on this sector to take the necessary steps. Due to the industry's own operational features, some challenges need to be addressed. AWES, one of these renewable energy solutions, draws attention as it is a developing advantageous, multi-directional system that can generate energy using high-altitude wind power. In order to integrate the AWES system into the shipping industry, this system should be examined from different perspectives, and its advantages and disadvantages should be determined. AWES must meet the requests of the shipping industry at the customer level and be a feasible and safe solution. It also needs to appeal to the shipping market in general but find a sweet spot first to prove its technology and expand it from a larger scale. It is necessary to compete with other green energy solutions and come forward in operational, technological, and financial terms. At the same time, it is necessary to meet the global operations of the shipping industry at the service level and be compatible. In this thesis, these different perspectives will be analyzed, and the integration of AWES into the shipping industry will be evaluated.