Kite Power moves to bigger Glasgow office

Simon Heyes
Simon Heyes

Kite Power Systems has moved to a new head office in Glasgow to accommodate new staff hired as a result of business expansion.The company is registered in Chelmsford, England.

Since arriving in the city in January this year with an initial headcount of nine people, KPS has grown its total workforce to 30 people. 

The company’s Glasgow based management and design engineering teams currently number 22, with a further eight engineers and technicians based at the company’s research and test facility at West Freugh, near Stranraer.

Simon Heyes, KPS Chief Executive, said, “This move to a new head office underlines just how quickly the business has grown over the past nine months.

“And it fully endorses our decision to relocate to Scotland, where we have been able to recruit engineers and support professions to enable us to take our technology to the next level.

KPS’ power system features two kites which fly up to an altitude of 1,500 feet. Both kites are attached by tethers to a winch system which drives a generator as they spool out, thus producing electricity for the grid.  

This technology has the potential to transform the global onshore and offshore wind generation markets, as it is cheaper to manufacture and requires less construction and installation materials than conventional wind turbines.

5 Oct 2017

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