A new approach to wind energy

Global wind energy generation is rapidly increasing, but challenges still remain: infrastructure, extreme weather, intermittency and unsuitable environments all create barriers. We believe a novel approach is required; one you probably wouldn’t expect.

Since the 1880s, engineers have searched for ways to generate electricity using the wind. KPS is at the forefront of developing this concept further into a more cost-effective solution.

KPS Story Wind Energy

Clean, cost-effective and compassionate

Take a look at our video to see how we got here.


At the forefront of airborne technology

We are developing a twin-kite system that is reliable and efficient, capable of delivering clean, cheap energy at utility scale. We aim to provide energy at a lower cost that of wind turbines, while using 85 per cent less material. Our technology is safe, backed by continuous testing and development since 2011.

A fast-growing cleantech company

Crucially, we are designing our technology so we can access wind energy that conventional methods cannot: in deeper sea where turbines can’t be built; at higher altitudes where the winds are stronger; in remote areas and those affected by disasters that need emergency power supplies.

Based in Scotland, our team comprises highly experienced engineers and technicians. With the support of the UK government and international major investors who may become our first customers, we anticipate first revenues and multiple commercial deployments by 2023.

KPS Timeline

  • 221BC

    Wooden muyuan kites used for spying in China

  • 1295

    Marco Polo begins documenting the science of kites

  • 1749

    Scottish meteorologist Alexander Wilson uses kite to measure air temperature at 3,000 feet

  • 1752

    Ben Franklin uses kite to prove that lightning is electricity

  • 1826

    George Pocock patents the “Charvolant” kite buggy with steerable kites

  • 1888

    Scottish Engineer Professor James Blyth builds one of the world's first wind turbine, using it to power the lights in his holiday home.

  • 1901

    Marconi sends the first Transatlantic radio signal received by an aerial: it is supported by a Baden-Powell man lifting kite

  • 1950

    Development and creation of new materials boosts kite production into modernity

  • 1980

    Kites seen as opportunity for alternative wind energy

  • 2000

    Automated systems allowed remote kite control and programming

  • 2011

    Peter Lynn “Mega Ray” flies at 1,250 square meters

  • 2011

    Kite Power Systems founded, funded by Shell Game Changer

  • 2017

    KPS receives first equity investment from Shell, E.ON, Schlumberger and Scottish Enterprise

  • 2018

    KPS gets a full rebrand that modernises their image

  • 2023

    First revenues and commercial deployments expected

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