If you were a wind turbine, would you rather be stuck on the ground where wind patterns are weak and volatile, or be flying high in the sky where wind is consistent and plentiful?  I’ll take the latter, thank you very much!  Our comrades at Magenn Power are on the same page.  They’ve come up with an ingenious idea to put a wind generator on a helium filled balloon, connected to an electrical grid via 1000 ft tether…. well alright!

The Magenn Power Air Rotor System (MARS) is currently being developed as a 10 kW system available to the public in 2008.  It can be connected directly to a power source, be stored in batteries for later use, or tied to the power grid.

They run around $10,000 and are being marketed to off-grid individuals and developing nations where infrastructure is limited or non existent…. I wonder if there’s also a market for rv salesmen along interstate freeways?


About Joshua Foss

Joshua is a leading voice for transformational change. He is the editor of Metro Hippie, co-founder and director of development of the Ecala Group, and adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, trade shows and summits.