Airborne Wind Energy Technologies Entering Commercial Phase with a Potential Without Comparison
Great America Meeting Room 2
14:55 - 15:20
Airborne wind energy technologies shows business cases that no other energy technology can show regarding energy cost combined with a high availability for the natural resource. The technology improves and Kitemill now prepares for commercialization, a process that includes customer involvement and regulatory approval.
Speaker Biography (Thomas Hårklau)
Thomas Hårklau, co-founder and the CEO of Kitemill AS. Serves as a member of the board in Voss Energi, a Norwegian utility company.
Founder of Norway's first vertical wind tunnel opened 2012. Bachelor degree as electrical engineer from Bergen University College.
Company Profile (Kitemill AS)
Kitemill is one of the leading airborne wind energy companies developing product to harvest wind from altitudes above conventional wind turbines limitation. Kitemill has a lean organization and strong industrial partners. The concept being developed is a kite turbine based on a rigid kite pulling a single tether of a regenerative ground based winch. It operates autonomously in production, start and landing. A commercial version is under development. Kitemill have since 2009 worked on regulation and permission and have today the first permanent approval by the Civil Aviation Authorities to operate commercial kite turbines 24/7 up to 3000 feet height.