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Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Kite Power Systems Moves To New Glasgow Offices

Kite Power Systems (KPS), the Scotland-based company developing kite power generation technology, has moved to a new head office in Glasgow to accommodate its expansion.

The company has moved to 103 West Regent Street in the city’s Central Business District from its previous home at the Tontine Innovation Centre in Glasgow’s Merchant City. Since arriving at the Tontine in January this year, with an initial headcount of 9, KPS has grown its total workforce to 30 people. The company’s Glasgow based management and design engineering teams currently number 22, with a further 8 engineers and technicians based at the company’s research and test facility at West Freugh, near Stranraer.

KPS’ new head office is a self contained, listed town house, offering 4,127 sq ft over three floors.

Simon Heyes, KPS’ Chief Executive Officer said, “This move to a new head office in Glasgow underlines just how quickly the business has grown over the past 9 months and it fully endorses our decision to relocate to Scotland, where we have been able to recruit many additional talented individuals, both engineers and support professions, to enable us to take our technology to the next level. The Tontine has provided us with an excellent foundation in the city and we are extremely grateful to Glasgow City Council for their support and encouragement over the past nine months.”

KPS’ power system features two kites which fly up to an altitude of 1,500 feet. Both kites are attached by tethers to a winch system which drives a generator as they spool out, thus producing electricity for the grid.  This technology has the potential to transform the global onshore and offshore wind generation markets, as it is cheaper to manufacture and requires less construction and installation materials than conventional wind turbines (See Notes to Editors).

As the only UK company active in the high-altitude wind power sector, KPS is currently flight testing its 40kW system at West Freugh and its latest 500kW demonstration model is being manufactured and assembled in Dumfries.

(ENDS)

For further information /downloadable images & film footage:

Kite Power Systems (www.kitepowersystems.com  / twitter @kitepowerltd)

David Ainsworth, Business Development Director: david.ainsworth@kitepowersystems.com / +44 (0)7966 937146

 

For Scottish media inquiries

David Budge, Budge PR: 07831 156333 / david.budge@budgepr.com

 

Notes to Editors

  1. The KPS power system has two kites that are flown as high as 1,500 feet (450m); their tether is attached to a winch system that generates electricity as it spools out. By achieving flight speeds of up to 100mph (45m/s) in 20mph (9m/s) winds, the kite’s tether tension causes the line to rapidly spool out from a drum, which turns a generator, thus producing electricity.
  2. KPS’s technology can reduce the capex of conventional offshore turbines by as much as 50% because its patented power system doesn’t require large quantities of steel or specialist installation vessels. In addition to the Balance of Plant being lower than traditional wind turbine, Kite Power Systems have a better effective wind efficiency per m² active area. The International Renewable Energy Agency’s Innovation Outlook for Offshore Wind (IRENA, published in October 2016) states a levelised cost of energy (LCOE) for conventional offshore turbines of US$170/MWh in 2015 reducing to US$95/MWh in 2030. Independent assessment of the KPS technology indicates a LCOE of US$62.5/MWh by 2020, reducing to less than US$50/MWh by 2030.
  3. While there are other Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) systems under development around the world, the patented KPS system is unique and KPS is the only British company active in the kite power market.