A leading offshore contractor has signed an agreement to support the development, construction and commercialisation of technology to produce electricity from high altitude kites.
Saipem’s agreement with KiteGen aims to take advantage of strong, stable winds at high altitude. The companies are set to examine onshore and offshore applications of the technology.
Saipem, a leading EPC and EPCI contractor in the offshore oil and gas industry, said the current version of KiteGen’s kite is capable of producing up to 3 MW of electricity. The company said it had chosen to support KiteGen after an indepth evaluation of the system, which is protected by 40 patents in more than 70 countries.
“The systems used by KiteGen to manoeuvre and control the kite, including the release and recovery system, cables, advanced automation and control systems perfectly match the knowledge that Saipem has acquired in its deepwater business,” Saipem said.
“Among the possible developments of the KiteGen technology, Saipem is working on its possible offshore application since the system, due to its lightness, is also suitable for deep water, where conventional offshore wind turbines can’t be used,” the Italian company said.
“The lightweight features of the KiteGen technology will also allow Saipem to offer its customers hybrid solutions that integrate production of high-altitude wind power and traditional solutions in the offshore oil and gas sector. The aim is to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy.”