16 July 2019

Simon Heyes appointed Chief Executive at Kite Power Systems

Categories: Budge PR | Published: 03/07/2017 | Views: 1123
Dr Andrew Tyler appointed non-executive Chairman
Kite Power Systems (KPS), the Scotland-based company developing kite power generation technology and the only company in the UK active in the high-altitude wind power sector, has appointed Simon Heyes as Chief Executive and Dr Andrew Tyler CBE as non-executive Chair.

These latest appointments complete the company’s recruitment of its senior management team to take forward and commercialise KPS’s pioneering wind power technology, and follows the recent news of the Scottish Investment Bank’s £2m investment in the company.

Simon Heyes joins from Infinis Energy Holdings, where he was Wind Energy Development & Construction Director. A Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, he worked at Infinis Energy for seven years after holding senior positions at SSE/Scottish Hydro-Electric and GEC Alstom. His early career was in the aviation sector – working for Rolls-Royce on their civil aircraft engines, before joining the RAF full time as an Engineer Officer.

Simon will work closely with KPS’s new Chair: Dr Andrew Tyler. Andrew is (since 2013) Chief Executive of the major international aerospace and defence company Northrop Grumman Europe and has been an advisor to KPS over the past two years. During his 25 year career, Andrew has held senior positions within the Ministry of Defence and was Chief Executive of the tidal energy company, Siemens-owned Marine Current Turbines from 2011-13. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

In addition, following the £2m investment in KPS by Scottish Enterprise (announced June 22nd 2017), Dr Sian George, a former Chief Executive of Ocean Energy Europe, will be joining the KPS Board as a non-executive Director.

Sian joins the Board with a wealth of experience in policy at both UK and European levels and in the commercialisation of early stage technologies. Sian has held senior positions with several emerging technologies, including wave and tidal power, up to Chair level.

Simon Heyes, Chief Executive said: “I’m delighted to be joining KPS; it’s an exciting time for everyone involved in the company. With the support of our investors, and with the talented people we have working at KPS, we are in a strong position to develop and commercialise our technology. We intend to commence testing of our 500kW system this year, and within 3-5 years we hope to deploy our first 3MW onshore and offshore kite systems. Our testing of our 40kW system is ongoing, and achieving performance above our expectations”

KPS’s senior management team now comprises:

Simon Heyes, Chief Executive

Paul Jones, Chief Finance Officer

Bill Hampton, Chief Technology Officer

David Ainsworth, Business Development Director

Colin Palmer, Delivery Director

The non-executive members of the KPS Board are:

Dr Andrew Tyler, Chair

Dr Sian George, appointed by Scottish Enterprise

Robert Link, appointed by Royal Dutch Shell

Paul Hammond, appointed by Schlumberger

Niklas Rotering, appointed by E.ON

KPS currently employs 24 people at its operations in Glasgow and West Freugh in south west Scotland.

Notes to Editors

1. The KPS power system has two kites that are flown as high as 1,500 feet (450m); their tether is attached to a winch system that generates electricity as it spools out. By achieving flight speeds of up to 100mph (45m/s) in 20mph (9m/s) winds, the kite's tether tension causes the line to rapidly spool out from a drum, which drives a generator producing electricity.

2. KPS’s technology can reduce the capex per MW of generation installed by as much as 50% when compared to current conventional offshore turbines, because its patented power system doesn’t require large quantities of steel or specialist installation vessels. In addition to the Balance of Plant being lower than for a traditional wind turbine, Kite Power Systems have a more effective wind efficiency per m² active area. The International Renewable Energy Agency’s Innovation Outlook for Offshore Wind (IRENA, published in October 2016) states a levelised cost of energy (LCOE) for conventional offshore turbines of US$170/MWh in 2015 reducing to US$95/MWh in 2030. Independent assessment of the KPS technology indicates a LCOE of US$62.5/MWh by 2020, reducing to less than US$50/MWh by 2030.

3. In December 2016, KPS secured £5million of new investment from E.ON, Schlumberger and Shell Technology Ventures to support KPS’s technical and commercial development. On June 22nd 2017, it was announced that the Scottish Investment Bank had invested £2million into KPS.
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