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Monday, June 12th, 2017

Kite Power Systems strengthens senior management team

Colin Palmer

Kite Power Systems (KPS), the Scotland-based company developing kite power generation technology and the only company in the UK that is active in the high altitude wind power sector, has appointed Colin Palmer as their Delivery Director. Colin, who had until recently worked for SSE, will be responsible for the development and delivery of KPS’s pioneering 500kW power system and the company’s first onshore and offshore kite power generation projects.

At SSE between 2008 and 2017, Colin had primarily focused on offshore windfarm development.  He was the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Development Project Manager for nearly five years leading the project to consent in March 2014.  Colin was also Asset Manager for SSE on the Forewind (Dogger Bank) Offshore Windfarm Development Joint Venture.   Before SSE, Colin worked at Airtricity in the UK, Ireland and the USA working in various onshore wind project and business development roles.

Colin Palmer said: “I am delighted to be joining KPS at this key point in the company’s evolution. I believe the product that we are developing has significant potential to be a disruptive, low-cost, wind energy technology, and that we have talented people here to deliver it.  I am very excited to be leading our product development programme as we drive the business towards commercialisation.”

Colin, aged 37, has a Masters in Engineering Project Management from the University of Strathclyde.

For further information:
Kite Power Systems (www.kitepowersystems.com  / twitter @kitepowerltd)
Colin Palmer, Delivery Director: colin.palmer@kitepowersystems.com
Paul Taylor, Taylor Keogh Communications: +44 (0)20 8392 8250 / +44 (0)7966 782611 / paul@taylorkeogh.com

For Scottish media inquiries
David Budge, Budge PR: 0141 553 1115 / 07831 156333 / david.budge@budgepr.com

Notes to Editors
  1. The KPS power system has two kites that are flown as high as 1500 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 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. In December 2016, KPS secured £5million of new investment from E.ON, Schlumberger and Shell Technology Ventures to support KPS’s technical and commercial development.