What is thought to be the world’s first non-experimental, kite-driven power station is being established offshore in Southern Scotland, at the UK Ministry of Defence’s West Freugh Range near Stranraer.

The initial power station at West Freugh will generate 500 kilowatts. The company expects that such systems which are designed to be used mainly offshore, will generate ‘several hundred megawatts’ of energy by 2025.

The project is backed by Royal Dutch Shell and the UK government.

The kites fly up to 450 metres high in a figure-eight pattern and pull a tether attached to a turbine to produce electricity. Two kites alternately rising and falling ensures continuous power.