Automate Kite Turbines for grid energy at the lowest cost with minimal emissions starting with a 50kW product.
We are working to offer a fully autonomous 50kW turbine for sale by the end of 2024. Our delivery plan developed in conjunction with Shell GameChanger is as follows:
Scoping, design and component specification.
Prototype build, test and data analysis, detailed economic analysis and market research. Initial sales of beta product.
Production build and sales of 50kW turbines, Scoping for assessment of offshore potential.
Open Designs & Research.
60 Kite turbine variants.
Dynamic principle defined.
Funding from HIE & Shetland Islands Council.
Phase 1 - scoping for 10kW Automation project.
Phase 2 - Testing and production set-up
Phase 3 - Production ramp-up on 50kW + Offshore test scoping.
50kW kite turbine
Our first Kite Turbine as a commercial product will be a modular and automated 50kW model. The market for this is rural businesses with >100MWh yearly energy needs. We estimate that we would save these businesses ~19p/kWh on their energy bill (>£19,000 / year). We plan to bring this product to market in 2024.
This product will generate a reliable source of revenue resulting in a profitable business and allowing for research and development of larger systems.
Offshore & Utility
After gaining experience from single turbine deployments, we will investigate turbine scaling and a "Network of Networks" farming method. Large Kite turbines in networks will suit utility farming needs with the lowest energy costs and the lowest operational requirements.
This is an ambitious goal that can potentially result in a 10x reduction in the cost of renewable electricity.