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.
Take a look at our video to see how we got here.
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 six years of testing and development.
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.
Wooden muyuan kites used for spying in China
Marco Polo begins documenting the science of kites
Scottish meteorologist Alexander Wilson uses kite to measure air temperature at 3,000 feet
Ben Franklin uses kite to prove that lightning is electricity
George Pocock patents the “Charvolant” kite buggy with steerable kites
Scottish Engineer Professor James Blyth builds one of the world's first wind turbine, using it to power the lights in his holiday home.
Marconi sends the first Transatlantic radio signal received by an aerial: it is supported by a Baden-Powell man lifting kite
Development and creation of new materials boosts kite production into modernity
Kites seen as opportunity for alternative wind energy
Automated systems allowed remote kite control and programming
Peter Lynn “Mega Ray” flies at 1,250 square meters
Kite Power Systems founded, funded by Shell Game Changer
KPS receives first equity investment from Shell, E.ON, Schlumberger and Scottish Enterprise
KPS gets a full rebrand that modernises their image
First revenues and commercial deployments expected