Magenn Air Rotor System (M.A.R.S.)


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Far from turning this into a space dedicated to the environment and renewable resources, it is always interesting, however, to follow the many solutions to the energy crisis human skill has been able to improve. For example, Canadian company Magenn Power has developed a solution that is rather unusual. Taking advantage of the fact that winds are more constant and faster at higher altitudes, they concieved a turbine icorporated in a hot-air balloon.

Also known as the Magenn Power Air Rotor System (M.A.R.S.), Magenn's device will work in the following way: through an helium balloon with a group of paddles that rotate about a horizontal axis, the generators convert the mechanical energy into electricity, which is transferred down a 1000-foot tether for immediate use, or to a set of batteries for later use, or to a power grid.

 Environment Balloon Energy Wind Generator Turbine

 Environment Balloon Energy Wind Generator Turbine

According to that project's author, convetional turbines have the disadvantage of being stuck on the ground and, consequently, dependent on the wind passing through teir location. This new approach suggests that these limitations be overcome through the elevation of the system to about 300 metres (1000 ft) above the ground, where it will benefit from the constant breezes that exist there. The estimated energy production is of about 10 KWatts and is prepared for wind speeds of between 6km/h and 100Km/h.


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