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Earlier artist conception of the floating wind turbine design.
Earlier artist conception of the floating wind turbine design.
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Magenn Air Rotor System (MARS)


The Magenn Air Rotor System (MARS) is a lighter-than-air turbine which is tethered to the ground between 300 and 1000 feet (roughly 90 to 300 meters) with conducting cables that transmit electricity to the ground. It is basically a blimp with its body configured with blades to catch the wind in order to generate power.

Deployed high in the air, the system accesses adequate wind speeds in areas otherwise unsuitable for wind.

At a comparable price, the renewable system would replace 10 kW diesel generators, while eliminating fuel supply and emissions issues.

Contents

About

Official Website

How it Works

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Latest Developments

May 7, 2008

Mac Brown writes:

Magenn is in Media lock down at the moment due to a deal we have signed with a one hour TV show being broadcast on Magenn in the fall. We would love to give you an interview as soon as the show airs.

2006

MARS prototype

2005

Magenn Power Applies for World-wide Patents

2004

Magenn Power is incorporated

2003

Conceptual Development and patenting

1999

Flight Tests in Mexico

1997

High Altitude Platform Commercial Contract & Spec. Development

1993

High Altitude Platform Contract with Vistar

1995

Joint Chiefs of Staff Request for Proposal

1992

Fed Ex / Lockheed Contract; Lockheed Validates Av-Intel's Cargo Airship System

1989

LEAP Project Initiated

1987

Multi-Sphere Airship Development

1984

Canadian Award for Excellence in Invention

1983

Westland Helicopters Contract to Validate / Build Full Scale Model

1978

Magnus Spherical Airship Development & Demo

Patents

Worldwide patents.

Profiles

http://www.magenn.com/about.php

Company: Magenn Power

Magenn Power draws on over 28 years of research and development in advance materials and structure. It all began with designing the Magnus Spherical Airship starting in 1978.

Founder: Fred Ferguson

Coverage

Awards

Magenn Power is listed on Red Herring 100 North America Innovative Technology Firms.

In the News


  • Magenn Wind Power; Turbine In The Sky - Called the MARS (Magenn Air Rotor System), Magenn's system utilizes an inflatible rotor that floats high above the air without requiring a tower, just a tether. The horizontally-rotating turbine uses large scoops that rotate around an axis, with generators on either end that send power back to earth via a tether. (Gas2; August 18, 2009)
  • Spinning Blimp Wind Turbines Take Test Flight - Magenn has begun testing a prototype of their MARS (Magenn Air Rotor System) inside an old US Navy airship hangar before beginning outdoor trials at a customer's site in a few weeks. (EcoGeek; May 6, 2008)
  • Magenn Air Rotor System Finally Floats - Over-budget and two years behind schedule, Magenn has announced: "This is a world's first, there has never been a rotating airship test done before." The prototype will be moved to an outdoor location for further testing, followed by four demonstration projects. (TreeHugger; May 5, 2008)
  • Magenn Airborne Wind Balloon Ideal for Remote Village Power - At a comparable price, the renewable system would replace 10 kW diesel generators, while eliminating fuel supply and emissions issues. Deployed on a tether 1,000 feet in the air, the system accesses adequate wind speeds in areas otherwise unsuitable for wind. (PESN; June 11, 2007)

Contact

http://www.magenn.com/contact.php

Email: info@magenn.com

Canadian Office:
18 Monet Court
Ottawa, Ontario
K1T 4B6
Phone: (613) 482-6558; Fax: (613) 733-3260

US Office:
Suite 1009, 301 King Street
San Francisco, CA
USA 94107
US Phone: (415) 839-8717

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