Kitepower is a leading start-up in Airborne Wind Energy by developing innovative and cost-effective alternatives to existing wind turbines. Our patented technology is a game-changer in the wind energy sector; it uses 90% less material while being twice as efficient as existing technology. Unlike conventional wind turbines, the Kitepower system does not require resource intensive towers or heavy foundations and is thus highly mobile and easy to deploy. The system is able to harness stronger and more persistent winds at higher attitudes, allowing for capacity factors greater than 0.5 and in return cost-effective electricity generation. Our leading product, the E100, is innovative for replacing diesel generator sets in remote locations to save costs and mitigate dependency of diesel supply.
Kitepower was founded by Johannes Peschel and Roland Schmehl in January 2016 as a result of the work done by TU Delft’s pioneering kite power research group of the former astronaut Wubbo Ockels. Already in 2007, the first 20kW Kitepower system demonstrated the proof of concept (what concept?). Currently, Kitepower is developing a commercial 100 kW Kitepower system to become one of the first airborne wind energy systems on the market. Kitepower is a growing team of TU Delft researchers and strong industry partners with a collective vision to reinvent wind energy.