Crowdfunding Kitepower

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Published on:
May 16th, 2022
Last modified on August 3rd, 2022 at 10:08
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The Crowdfunding

Everyone can now play a vital role in Kitepower’s growth by investing alongside a community of impact-driven, like-minded people.

Kitepower is collaborating with Crowdcube, one of the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platforms, to allow everyone to participate in Kitepower’s journey to a smarter energy future. It is now possible to sign up and express interest in limited Kitepower shares. Investments can be made anywhere from 26 EUR up to over 20,000 EUR. The collected funds will be used to secure Kitepower’s next steps towards the consolidation of a product roadmap capable of disrupting the world of distributed energy generation.

Steps to follow in order to participate in the crowdfunding:

  1. Learn about equity investments and investor returns
  2. Register your expression of interest in investing in Kitepower
  3. Create an account on Crowdcube
  4. Wait for Kitepower’s launch on Crowdcube – we are going to keep you posted 😉

The Vision

The world needs renewable energy sources to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and current efforts are not enough. Kitepower has developed a cost-effective alternative to traditional wind energy generation by using kites to harvest electricity.

Kitepower’s electricity-generating kites aim to empower remote areas, temporary power supplies and off-grid installations by providing a viable way to decarbonize and therefore accelerate the global energy transition to renewables. Kitepower’s target market is microgrids, a 1 trillion dollar market. We calculate microgrids could save diesel equivalent to over 3 million tons of CO2 emissions yearly by integrating Kitepower as a wind solution, This is an impact equivalent to 50 million new trees grown over 10 years. Kitepower ultimately aims to develop its platform up to the scale of current wind turbines, these have seen an annual global growth rate of 14% over the past 20 years.

Whether there is a need for optimising solar PV’s efficiency or trying to set up a remote micro-grid configuration, Kitepower could very well represent the best available solution in renewables. The versatility of a mobile Kitepower unit, which drastically reduces mass compared to traditional wind turbines, can open up new geographical markets for distributed wind energy generation. The 100 kW system currently in development is ideally suited to be integrated alongside diesel generator sets in remote locations to mitigate dependency on polluting and expensive diesel supply. Kitepower’s initial potential customers include; Greener, one of the market leaders for mobile battery solutions, and Enerwhere, one of the leading distributed solar utility in the Middle East and Africa.

We envision a world where Kitepower systems are deployed globally, delivering clean, affordable and sustainable energy to everyone.

After five years of intensive developments – which led to the manufacturing of a 100 kW containerised generator and several 60m2 high-performance kites – Kitepower can now look back at a successful pilot demonstration in the Caribbean, the ideal “habitat” for the Kitepower’s Falcon. The recent temporary deployment of Kitepower near the 30MW Vader Piet Wind Farm on Aruba marks a major achievement in the airborne wind energy industry as it represents the very first operation of a kite-powered system on a Caribbean island.

In order to accelerate the transition to renewables, more effective alternatives to fossil fuels must be implemented worldwide. The Delft-based start-up is thus eager to keep demonstrating the capabilities of Kitepower’s airborne wind energy technology throughout temporary pilots as well as permanent installations, with the goal of ultimately heading towards a scaled-up system for the Megawatt class.

See Kitepower’s airborne wind energy system being operated in Aruba – View article

Kitepower was founded in 2016 as a result of the work done by TU Delft’s pioneering Kitepower research group established by the former Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels in 2003. Today, after 6 years of commercial developments, the realisation of two working prototypes, € 4+ M raised in grants, investment and revenues, plus the accomplishment of three temporary pilots, Kitepower is approaching launching one of the first airborne wind energy systems to the market. Energy distributors and project developers keen on showcasing and taking advantage of the benefits of airborne wind energy can now submit preorders via

The Tech

A Kitepower system consists of (1) a ground station – that converts the mechanical energy of the kite into electrical power and reels the kite in by using the generator as a motor – (2) a tether – used to connect the kite to the ground station – (3) a kite-control-unit (KCU) – that controls the roll, pitch, and yaw of the kite and takes care of the communications between the sensor unit placed on the kite and the ground station – and (4) a hybrid between an inflatable and a fixed fibre-glass kite.

The electricity generation works in two phases, which repeated in continuous cycles, result in positive net energy output. Energy is generated during the first phase when the kite is flown in cross-wind figure of eight patterns to achieve a high pulling force and reel out the tether from the winch in the ground station. When the max tether length is reached, the kite’s profile is adjusted in order to reel in the tether with low force, using a small fraction of the energy produced in the previous phase. The energy generated by the system while reeling out is greater than the energy consumed to reel the kite back in. The 100kW system currently in development has a yearly power production potential of 450MWh in the Netherlands.

Kitepower’s product page is the best place to learn more about the advantages of Kitepower and how airborne wind energy can play a crucial role in accelerating the global energy transition to renewables.

The Team

Kitepower consists of an international team with a multi-disciplinary background. The company’s crew comprises mechanical, aerospace, electrical and software engineers, sustainable energy and natural sciences professionals and business developers.

What brings us together is the passion for wind, engineering and technology, but most essentially it is the genuine desire to contribute to a sustainable future by unlocking the potential of airborne wind energy.


Johannes Peschel
Founder CEO

Roland Schmehl portrait

Roland Schmehl
Co-Founder & Advisor


Joep Breuer

Jacques van Haaster
Financial Manager


Astrid de Jong
Office Manager

Johannes Crol
HR Advisor

Johannes Stark
Flight Test Engineer


Christian Beier
Flight Test Engineer


Bryan van Ostheim
Kite Designer


Alexander Cohen
Mechatronics Engineer


Zachary Pellegrin
Software Engineer


Wolf Fisscher
Mechanical Engineer


We’re happy to share that we’re ready to launch and will be opening very soon! As crowdfunding will be uncharted territory for many, we’ve explained how it works and the simple steps needed to be ready to invest once we open.

What is the share price?
The single share price is 26,48 EUR, with any multiples of this available to purchase. Because of legal restrictions, we had to increase the minimum price from 10 EUR to 26,48 EUR.

What are my immediate investor rewards?
As a shareholder of any size, you’ll receive exclusive company updates, and will be supporting Kitepower to generate renewable energy across the world through our patented Airborne Wind Energy systems.
In addition, we’ve devised the following rewards for the following investment sizes:

  • 10.000 EUR or over – Receive one of our awesome circular kitesurfing kites
  • 20.000 EUR or over – The above reward, plus gain a seat in our yearly kitesurfing session and strategy meeting.

How can I get a return on my investment?
Although not guaranteed, as an equity crowdfunding investor, you may potentially receive a return in one of three ways:

  • IPO – when the company lists on a public stock exchange, and you can then sell your shares on the stock market
  • Trade sale – the company is sold to another company, and an investor’s shares are bought at the company purchase price
  • Secondary market (except US, Canada, Japan, Russia and Belarus) – you can potentially sell your shares via CrowdCube’s secondary market, Cubex. More details here.

Why are Kitepower raising money?
Following 15 years of research, 6 years of commercial development with £3.4m+ invested in research and development, and multiple awards won for our technology, we’re now ready to commercialize the first Kitepower system. We’re inviting investment partners so we can:

  • Expand the Kitepower team
  • Start pilot operations on a permanent site
  • Fly the system at festivals and other demo events
  • Prepare investment for scaling

How do I make an investment?
Investments will be handled by Crowdcube, our chosen regulated investment platform. In order to buy shares in Kitepower, you’ll need a credit card and to register with Crowdcube. This is free, quick and easy and you can do so here.

When I invest, are funds taken straight away?
No. When you purchase your shares, this is a commitment to invest but money is not taken until after the round is complete. You will be notified by Crowdcube before this happens.

Kitepower is ready for take off in more ways than one, and we hope you’ll join us on our journey towards a smarter energy future!

Investments of this nature carry risks to your capital. Please Invest Aware.

Investing in start-ups and early-stage businesses involves risks, including illiquidity, lack of dividends, loss of investment and dilution, and it should be done only as part of a diversified portfolio. Crowdcube is targeted exclusively at investors who are sufficiently sophisticated to understand these risks and make their own investment decisions. You will only be able to invest via Crowdcube once you are registered as sufficiently sophisticated. Please click here to read the full Risk Warning.

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