We are Kitenergy, an Italian innovative SME founded in 2010 and proudly committed to transforming the visionary invention of generating energy from high-altitude winds into reality.
We are a group of professionals ranging from a variety of disciplines including engineering, physics, mechanics, environmental science, management, consulting and finance, working together on the development of high-altitude wind technologies since 2006, in collaboration with universities and high-tech engineering firms. Our team is recognized at international level as pioneer in this field and has been granted several top-level innovation awards from ENI, Intesa Sanpaolo Spa, IEEE, Expo Live Dubai 2020, and was a founder and member of the Airborne Wind Energy Consortium. Kitenergy received initial scientific and seed financing support from Regione Piemonte, the Italian Ministry of Research and the European Union.
Sebastiano Sella PRESIDENT
With a degree in Economics from Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, he is a member of the board and VP at Banca Sella Holding. He brings 6 years of international experience in Agip Mineraria (ENI Group) to the team.
Giorgio Sella BOARD MEMBER
He joined the company as a shareholder in 2020. He recently earned a BSc Business and Management degree course at the University of Buckingham (UK). He is in charge for fund raising.
Bruno Maria Frigero GENERAL DIRECTOR
He is an experienced Business Manager, he has been appointed as General Director in 2023 to sustain Kitenergy’s growth.
Maurizio Gamba TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
He is an aerospace professional, he served as senior executive for different contractors. He joined Kitenergy in 2023 to take care of the Engineering Department and Quality.
Stefano Sanmartino CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER
In 2012 he graduated in Knowledge Management and corporate communication at Università di Torino and holds a post-graduate Master in Marketing&Communication of renewable energy business conferred by Politecnico di Torino.
Since 2011 he has been working in the high-altitude energy generation sector at Kitenergy.
Gian Mauro Maneia CHIEF INNOVATION AND MARKETING OFFICER
He holds a M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Torino and an Executive Master in Technology and Innovation Management from Bologna Business School. He served as R&D manager in different industrial fields and since 2007 he has been involved with high-altitude wind energy generation.
Ermanno Di Nuccio ENGINEERING & INTEGRATION MANAGER, SAFETY MANAGER
He is a Physical Engineer. He spent several years in the semiconductor production industry and in the automotive lighting sector. He is the Engineering & Integration Manager. Moreover he takes care about Health and Safety regulation according to D.Lgs. 81/2008.
Claudio Anlero MECHANICAL ENGINEER
He is in charge for ground segment and flight segment mechanical systems, design reviews, and for the scheduled maintenance program. He also serves as flight test pilot during experimental campaigns.
Massimo Franceschini ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
He is responsible for the electrical management system (EMS) hardware, the electrical performance analysis and the energy flows control algorithms development and implementation.
Joey Daniel Narancho Plaza ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
He contributes to autonomous flight algorithms development implementation, verification and validation with focus on energy performances.
Our forward-thinking vision is fully embodied in our brand new visual identity.
Wind and power are fused together in a strong, contemporary visual concept, where sinusoidal currents create a unique graphic pattern. These also symbolize three key elements: the sky, from which we generate clean, renewable energy; land, where we set our state-of-the art equipment; and, last but not least, the sea, where our future projects will take shape. A bold statement, representing our essence and our future.
After years of experimental testing, our small scale mobile prototype performs in line with our technology roadmap and is raising interest among stakeholders and potential customers.
The new horizon. The design of the new class of wind generators begins. The goal is to exceed 100 kW for single power unit
The development of the KE60 Mark III reaches maturity
KE 60 Mark III comes to life and the hard work of development and optimization begins
New visual brand identity for Kitenergy
Rivalta di Torino (TO)
Kitenergy moves to a brand new HQ with 500 m2 of offices and workshop
Impact Investment Fund “Sefea Impact SGR SpA” invests 1.25 M€ in Kitenergy
Wing concept testing and validation
New avionic test rig validation at Biella airport
San Pancrazio Salentino (BR)
KE 60 Mark II commissioning hosted by Aeronautica Militare at San Pancrazio airfield
AWARDGlobal Innovator Award – ExpoLive Innovation Impact Programm, Dubai Expo2020
Certificate of Appreciation – “Our common future: Energy, Environment & Development”, Expo 2017 Astana (Kazakhstan)
First relevant net energy demonstration
AWARDITo Innovative Company – Osservatorio Imprese Innovative Torino e Politecnico di Torino
Major prototype upgrade validation in the Alps
Ascoli Satriano (FG)
The first long duration mission in Apulia Region
AWARDTerrific Renewable Energy Site
Best Presentation Award – Europe Unlimited Italian Venture Forum, Torino
The first flight with KE60 at Pian dell’Alpe (TO), Italy
Prototype Construction Launch
KE60 drawings turn into reality
First Investment Round
Business angels invest 840 k€ in Kitenergy
AWARDIntesa Sanpaolo Startup Initiative
IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award
Company selected “Italia degli Innovatori”
Kitenergy operations start in Turin
AWARDENI Awards “Debut in Research” Prize