The employees at Kitemill are its most important resource. Together our staff has expertise and long term experience in the development of new renewable energy technology. They all have different tasks and functions within the company.
Our work drives Kitemill steadily forward in the development of a new Norwegian break-through technology.
In addition to the permanent staff workers, Kitemill has several partners that assist us with valuable skills.
Thomas Hårklau, CEO and founder Kitemill (shareholder).
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 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, technical manager (shareholder).
-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, Control Systems Engineer.
-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.
Sture Smidt, Discipline Lead for Kite, Aerodynamics and Structures (shareholder).
- 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.
Espen Oland, Discipline Lead Control Systems (shareholder).
- 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.
Daily Espen works for Kitemill from Grimstad
Tallak Tveide, Control Systems Engineer (shareholder).
-Kitemill must be the world's best place to work
"We are facing a turning point in renewable energy, where kiting evolves from pure amusement to an important piece for production for wind power. This development happens at a time when the world needs cheap renewable energy more than ever. Kitemill must be the world's best place to work", says Tallak Tveide
He was employed as a control system engineer in Kitemill in December 2017. His main task is taking responsibility for developing software for the management system of the kites. Tallak Tveide has more than 15 years of experience with kites and has also held directorships in the Norwegian kite environment. He is a graduate engineer from NTNU in technical cybernetics. Tveide comes from the position of senior civil engineer in National Oilwell Varco. He is a graduate engineer.
Prabu Sai Manoj
Aerodynamics and Structures Engineer
Manoj completed his Master of Science with specialization within Aerodynamics at TU Delft in Netherland. He attended the Airborne Wind Energy course, served as a Student Assistant for Prof. Roland Schmehl and did an internship for Kitemill during his time at TU Delft. His Bachelor was completed at IIT Madras, India where he was the head of structural analysis team and first author of a publication regarding IITM Student Satellite project.