Employees in Kitemill is the company's most important resource. Together our staff got expertise and long experience in the development of new renewable energy environment. They all have different tasks and functions of the company.
The sum of our work driver Kitemill steadily forward in the development of new Norwegian technology.
This technology in the exploitation of wind power using kites, will contribute to the production of green energy. In addition to the permanent staff workers, Kitemill have numerous partners who assist with valuable skills.
Thomas Hårklau, CEO and founder Kitemill
Photo by Jørn Lekve
Thomas Hårklau, CEO Kitemill
-A milestone finding our first customer
-It was an important milestone for us to get a letter of intent with our first commercial customer. The plan is that we will produce five turbines to Sør Energi, says Thomas Hårklau.
He said that Kitemill will be helping to revolutionize the wind power industry.
- We are one of several companies working to develop this kind of technology based on kites at high altitudes. The results of our plant at Lista aerospace and industrial park represents a major breakthrough for us. Production which shows that we are on the right path, although it is of course technical challenges that lie ahead. The results of our work so far clearly show that we follow our schedule of producing soaring wind farms.
Lode Carnel, Kitemill.
-Large Passion for renewable energy
I have great passion for renewable energy. It is motivating to work with something that helps make the world a better place, says Lode Carnel. He has been employed in Kitemill since 2012.
He has a doctorate in solar energy and has worked in the renewable energy industry since he got his master's degree.
-In Kitemill we develop green, environmentally friendly and renewable energy. It's very exciting. I am an optimist when it comes to the company's future. We have come a long way in gaining the technical solutions in place. Our challenge going forward will be to get our concept into the market and get it commercialized, says Belgian Lode Carnel. Daily, he has his work in Kongsberg and Porsgrunn.
Christer Svenkerud, Kitemill.
-Our technology is important for the planet
I believe that what we do in Kite Mill can help to make our globe a better place to be. We develop a clean, green and renewable energy, which is also inexpensive to produce. This I appreciate to be involved in, says Christer Svenkerud. He became a permanent employee in Kitemill in September 2015 but had to periods before it done consultancy work for Kitemill. He is a civil engineer from NTNU and has his daily work in Kongsberg. He works especially with the management system for Kite.
Sindre Devik, Kitemill.
-Loves to work with renewable energy
I'm relatively new to the company but enjoys working already. It's very fun, convenient and interesting to be part of a team working to harness energy from the wind in the altitude. It's nice to work with renewable energy, says Sindre Devik. He study Kybernitikk at NTNU before he joined Kitemill in September 2015 and got to test out the production of energy using Kite at Lista airport for the first time in late September / early October 2015.
-It looks very promising. The future is exciting, says Sindre, who work for Kitemill in Oslo and Kongsberg.
Sture Smidt, Kitemill.
Discipline Responsible for kite, aerodynamics and structure.
- Exciting working with Kite-design
- I think it's very exciting to develop the best possible design for our kites. I work with both aerodynamic and structural mechanical design at our floating craft, says civil engineer Sture Smidt. He has been employed in Kitemill since April 2015 and has extensive experience as aerodynamic design developer, both for Kongsberg Gruppen and for Umoe Mandal, where he worked with composite (fiber reinforced plastic) in their brand new modern vessels.
-It is very rewarding to work with my major field of interest, namely aerospace products, with design, construction and calculations, says Sture. Daily, he has his work for Kitemill in Moss.
Jo Grini, Kitemill.
Test Pilot and test-kite responsible.
- Creative, competent people and good discussions
- It is very exciting to work in Kitemill, along with so many competent professionals who all are very concerned about renewable energy. It gives me a lot that we have such a high ceiling and that all helps in the technical discussions, where we always are looking for the best and most cost effective solutions, says the electrician from Fagernes. He says that everyone listens to the views of others, making it a pleasure to work in Kitemill.
He joined Kitemill in 2013 and works mostly with the eletrical linked to actual Kite. Jo is an enthusiastic model flyer with many merits: He has been Norwgian Champion impressive 19 times and Nordic Champion three times. His first aircraft Jo built at age 12.
Espen Oland, Kitemill.
Control System Manager.
- Exciting to work in the research front within advanced control systems
- I always wanted to work with autonomous systems, which I get to do through my position in Kitemill. This job suits perfectly for my background and lets me use a lot of what I've learned from my Ph.D. and the satellite project HiNCube.
He has a master degree in space technology and a Ph.D. in engineering cybernetics with specialization on nonlinear control of fixed-wing UAVs. He has previously worked as a project manager and control engineer for the HiNCube student satellite project as part of an assistant professor position at Narvik University College, and has spent the last three years as a researcher at Teknova.
-The Kites are in general tethered planes, meaning we can use a lot of the mathematics from general aircraft control, but where you need to account for the forces from the tether. Currently, the kites are mainly controlled on a kinematic level in most of the literature, where I wish to take the next step to develop dynamic models and nonlinear controllers that will improve the kite’s performance and robustness.