In October 2015, the Kitemill team executed a very successful test at Lista Aiport in the South of Norway.
Photo by Foto: Jørn Lekve, Kitemill
The kite during its production cycle: This test kite produced power at Lista by flying approximately 200 meters above the ground. The kite has a wingspan of four meters and a weight of 2.6 kg. This kite was designed by Philip Kolb. It is equipped with technical solutions for different measurements, so that the total weight for the flight tests goes up to approximately 6 kg. The kite is produced in carbon composites.
- That one day we reproduced our record production time and produced power. Furthermore it was very good to see that our two new employees, both educated themselves very fast to deal with our technical systems, says the general manager in Kitemill, Thomas Hårklau.
He underlines that test production gives Kitemill many indications that the company is on the correct development track, so that they in 2016 can be ready to produce power for its first commercial customer.
Kitemill has entered a letter of intent to produce five kite turbines at Lista Airport that will deliver power to a group of companies that the customer has a link to.
- This represents a big breakthrough for us and demonstrates that we are on the correct track, even when there are of course some technical challenges ahead of us. The results from October 2015 clearly demonstrate that we follow our development plan towards airborne kite turbines, says Thomas Hårklau