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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.
How it Works
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.
Magenn Power Applies for World-wide Patents
Magenn Power is incorporated
Conceptual Development and patenting
Flight Tests in Mexico
High Altitude Platform Commercial Contract & Spec. Development
High Altitude Platform Contract with Vistar
Joint Chiefs of Staff Request for Proposal
Fed Ex / Lockheed Contract; Lockheed Validates Av-Intel's Cargo Airship System
LEAP Project Initiated
Multi-Sphere Airship Development
Canadian Award for Excellence in Invention
Westland Helicopters Contract to Validate / Build Full Scale Model
Magnus Spherical Airship Development & Demo
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
Magenn Power is listed on Red Herring 100 North America Innovative Technology Firms.
In the News
- Top 100: Wind > High-Altitude > Magenn >
NASA Takes a Look at the Jet Stream to Get 50 Times More Wind Power - NASA aerospace engineer Mark Moore is using a $100,000 federal grant to research what it will take to create a jet stream-based wind industry 30,000 feet above the ground where winds blow consistently at 150 miles per hour, so kite-type turbines such as those from Kitegen and Magenn ... (CleanTechnica; December 31, 2010)
- 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)
- Krystal Planet to distribute Magenn’s “Airborne Wind Turbines��? - Krystal Planet will use its marketing infrastructure to sell and install Magenn's new aloft-floating wind turbines, set for production this year. (PESN; Jan. 11, 2005)
- Magenn Power's Floating Wind Generators Nearing Deployment - Inflatable, rotating balloon, wind turbine design scheduled for market readiness in 2006; at a price close to grid power. (PESN; Dec. 23, 2005)
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