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Mobile Wind Energy

"Internationaal showcase event #Kitepower in Valkenburg was een groot succes! #H2020 #windenergie @TSEnergie"

Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (Netherlands Enterprise Agency)

"The big advantage of kites is that there is hardly any pollution of the horizon because the kites operate at a very high altitude." […]

Municipality of Schiermonnikoog

Airborne wind systems offer the potential to harvest significant amount of wind energy at a fraction of the material used in traditional wind turbine systems […]

Gerard van Bussel - Chair Holder Wind Energy at TU Delft

Wind power uses the whole world as an engine, the whole planet is like a huge boiler that constantly creates steam. All we need to do is harness that power!

Johannes Peschel - CEO & Founder at Kitepower

Fully autonomous operation is on the edge of realisation making these systems excellent candidates for producing the cheapest green electricity ever.

Gerard van Bussel - Chair Holder Wind Energy at TU Delft

100 kW
70 - 450 m

Providing wind energy at a revolutionary ease

Our Mission
Life starts at 6 knots

We develop the future generation of wind energy systems.

Our mission

Kitepower E-100

100 kW
70 - 450 m
We take less to make more

Using 90% less material while being twice as efficient.

How does it work?

Sky is not the limit, rather the starting point

We harness stronger and more persistent winds at higher altitudes.

How does it work?

Aiming to transform how the world's energy demands are met

We envision a world where renewable electricity is affordable for everyone.

Next step?


  1. Laddermill Patent by Wubbo Ockels


    Research in kite power generation was initiated by Wubbo Ockels in 1993, followed by a patent application for the Laddermill technology in 1997 which was granted one year later in 1998. Wubbo Johannes Ockels (28 March 1946 – 18 May 2014) was a Dutch physicist, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut as well as the first Dutch citizen in space (1985). Ockel’s pioneering vision on soft wing technologies has been crucial in inspiring big part of the current Kitepower’s engineering team, who had the chance to collaborate with the professor at the very early stages of this enterprise.

  2. Research Group was Founded at TU Delft


    The kite power research group was established in 2004 by Wubbo Ockels and comprises researchers, students and international affiliates. The research group has been founded in order to support scientific challenges such as automatic flight control, structural dynamics and aerodynamics of tethered inflatable membrane wings, with a second focal area in the design of efficient motor/generator units. The group submitted their first joint publication to the European Wind Energy Conference held in London in 2004.

  3. Starting with a 5 kWp System


    At TU Delft the kite power research group starts its prototyping with a 5 kWp system. At this stage hardware experimentations are the main focus of the research project. The group starts to envision ways to improve the control of a flying kite.

  4. The First 20 kWp Kite Power System Demonstrates the Proof of Concept


    The kite power research group carried out crucial tests which finally led to demonstrate the proof of concept behind the soon-to-be Kitepower: Remotely controlling surfkites for wind energy generation.

  5. Evolving with a 20 kWp System

    September, 2010

    The TU Delft based kite power research group keeps testing on the field with a 20 kWp kite power system. At this stage of experimentation the project is being carried as partnership between 'ASSET', 'ASTI' and the Frisian companies 'Viaferro' and 'SMI'. An early version of the Kite Control Unit gets designed and a demonstration of the system could take place on a farm close to the Frisian village Jirnsum on the 9th and 10th of September 2010.

  6. Automatic Pumping Operation 2-20 kW


    The pumping kite concept, which provides a simple yet effective solution for wind energy conversion at potentially low cost, is being tested with successful results. The focus is on the innovative and scientifically challenging aspects such as the implementation of a supervisory control and data acquisition system designed for automatic operation.

  7. Kitepower 2.0


    Kite Power 2.0 was initiated as a joint project between Delft University of Technology and Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. The goal was to systematically improve the reliability and robustness of the technology as well as achieving continuous automatic operation. Hereby a new level of technical improvements begins.

  8. REACH Horizon 2020 Funding

    31st of May, 2015

    The to-be founders of Kitepower kicked off their ‘Fast Track to Innovation’ project REACH, which is funded with 3.7 million Euro by the European Horizon 2020 programme. The goal? To ensure cost-effective renewable energy with a low environmental footprint by using kite power systems.

  9. Kitepower B.V. is Founded

    January, 2016

    Kitepower was founded by Johannes Peschel and Roland Schmehl as a spin-off from the TU Delft's pioneering kite power research group of ex-astronaut Wubbo Ockels. Along with the company a new challenge is established: Becoming the market leaders in airborne wind energy.

    YES!Delft Launchlab Audience Winner

    April, 2016

    The YES!Delft LaunchLab is a unique programme developed specifically for start-ups with a technical idea. In 2016 Kitepower won the audience with the presentation of its tech idea, market potential, business model and launch customers' scenario. Read More.

    Dutch Defense Innovation Competition Winner

    November, 2016

    Kitepower won the Innovation Competition of the Dutch Ministry of Defence themed "Energy for Operational Action" endowed a prize of 200.000 €. The Dutch Defense is a major energy consumer and abroad still largely dependent on fossil fuels. Kitepower offered therefore an environmentally friendly solution able to dramatically optimize energy consumption.

  10. Building a 100 kW System

    Throughout 2017

    At the moment Kitepower is developing a 100 kW commercial system. The company's objective is to provide systems deployable with outstanding ease by remote communities, outdoor events as well as industrial compounds all accross the world. To achieve this target, system components got revised and redesigned, control algorithms had been made fault-tolerant and adaptive to the changing wind environment.

    Kitepower as developer partner for Icoon Afsluitdijk’s Windvogel

    17.11.2017 till 21.01.2018

    Kitepower is involved as developer partner in Icoon Afsluitdijk, Studio Roosegarde’s design innovation program. Kitepower’s development support regards Windvogel, a tribute project to Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels who laid the foundations of airborne wind energy. Read More.

    100 kW Ground Station Showcase

    23rd of July, 2017

    Kitepower celebrated the arrival of the new 100 kW ground station with a showcase event at the TU Delft Aerospace Engineering Faculty. Read More.

    YES!Delft Incubation Program

    February, 2017

    Kitepower joins a full time business growth program offered by YES!Delft, Europe's #4 leading technology incubator. Read More.

  11. Dutch Defense Field Lab Smart Base: Reducing Diesel Costs with Kitepower

    Kitepower allows to reduce the need for transportation of diesel through unsafe terrain resulting in more self-sufficiency and safety while lowering the environmental footprint of the camps at the same time. Read More

    Milestone Achieved for Innovation Project with the Dutch Ministry of Defence

    February 2018

    A third party successfully operated the Kitepower 100kW unit for the first time! Read More

    System Showcase with International Delegation of Sustainable Energy Experts

    July 2018

    The event represented a milestone in affirming Kitepower’s full commitment to a sustainable energetic revolution and acquaintanceship with developing countries and remote communities. Read More

    Kitepower becomes part of Airborne Wind Europe

    October 2018

    Kitepower is now part of Airborne Wind Europe, the European association of leading companies and research institutes engaged in airborne wind energy development. Read More

    Henk Hutting joins Kitepower

    November 2018

    Hendrik Hutting joins the Kitepower's advisory board as enthusiastic investor as well as pioneering wind energy entrepreneur. Read More

  12. 100 kW Kitepower System Development and Fine-Tuning

    Ongoing as you read

    The Kitepower team is further developing the 100 kW system and growing a supply chain able to serve the target market in the upcoming years.

  13. Horizon 2020 Deadline


    The goal? Saving 7.3 M litres of diesel annually worldwide by 2020 hence substantially contribute to the EU goal of achieving secure, clean and efficient energy.

Our Partners & Sponsors


Maxon motor GmbH is a supplier of high precision drive systems, brushed and brushless electric DC servo motors, as well as corresponding encoders, gears and control electronics. Within REACH, Maxon motor GmbH is responsible for the control drive trains in the mechatronic Kite Control Unit.


Dromec drives & winches is an innovative organization with a refreshing approach. The team develops basic winches and large complex systems according to the highest standards of safety requirements and regulations.


Delft University of Technology is the oldest technical universities of the Netherlands. Its Faculty of Aerospace Engineering is one of the largest in Europe and is home to the Kite Power Research Group.


Genetrix is a kite brand with significant expertise in kite development. It is the original inventor and developer of the flat kite concept. Within REACH the company will be responsible for kite development and production.