Read our latest blog posts and find out about what drives Kitekraft, how we approach things, and what our latest developments are.
Kitekraft has completed a first flight with its recently installed grid connection. Even though wind conditions were not ideal, some power was generated and fed into the German power grid.
As a first of its kind, Kitekraft connected its test site to Germany's public electricity grid. This marks a crucial step towards the commercialization of Kitekraft's flying wind turbine technology.
Kitekraft has recently completed another successful test campaign in the wind tunnel. Two aspects of its flying wind turbine design could be veryfied: Hovering in high winds, which is crucial for take-off and landing, and the performance of newly designed carbon fiber reinforced plastic rotors.
Kitekraft enters into a new phase towards building commercially available flying wind turbines as we are excited to present our new, fully integrated prototype, bringing together kite and ground station. With this our focus shifts from the conceptual development towards improving reliability and efficiency instead.
Kitekraft, the Munich-based renewable energy startup building flying wind turbines, has raised $1.6 million to continue its development towards a first pilot installation.
Aerodynamics is an interesting and one of the most challenging fields of science and engineering. You can even win $1 million if you can contribute to the understanding of the underlying math. In this blog post we want to share our take on it!
In this blog post we talk about different technologies that play a role in solving the climate crisis, because this is not a one-technology show. However, the differences between the different technologies can be significant and also vary a lot when looking at different metrics. This time, we'll put the focus on material usage - inspired by Bill Gates' new book "How to avoid a climate disaster".
In August this year, we celebrated the milestone of flying figure eights for the first time with our kite. In this blog post, we share some of the ingredients that enabled this fast pace development.
We are thrilled to announce that we have reached a major milestone in our development towards our first 100kW product with a successful flight in all phases. The flight was fully autonomous apart from giving high level commands to launch and land.
With Makani's discontinuation we make use of their data open-sourcing and reflect on their achievements, possible mistakes, and our interpretation and anticipation of them.
We hit a major milestone by completing our first figure-eight flight. We are proud that we came to this point in just over one year after company foundation. Below is a video.
We are proud to announce that Kitekraft is a winner of the “Gründerwettbewerb Digitale Innovationen” (a startup competition on digital innovations) awarded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
With this blog post we want to share the latest developments around Kitekraft and how this idea is literally “taking off” and became a reality.
Find out about the idea behind Kitekraft's approach: Enabled by our efficient design we want to start with smaller systems. Then scale up. Then scale up again. And continue to do so until we reach the MW range.
Renewable energy technologies must take over the global energy generation quickly, so that we achieve the 2 °C goal and prevent the tipping of our planet’s climate. But which energy technology has the lowest CO2-footprint, i.e. which energy technology is the cleanest?
Today’s energy generation is dirty. Renewable energy technologies are not yet cost-effective enough and are therefore not deployed fast enough. According to climate scientists, only a few decades are left to reduce global anthropogenic CO2 emissions to zero, so that we achieve the 2°C goal and prevent the tipping of our planet’s climate. This is a short time span for achieving such a goal, which is only possible through improved renewable energy technologies.