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The Magenn Air Rotor System (MARS) is a new generation of wind turbines with cost and performance advantages over existing systems.
MARS is a lighter-than-air tethered wind turbine that rotates about a horizontal axis in response to wind, generating electrical energy. This electrical energy is transferred down the tether for consumption, or to a set of batteries or the power grid. Helium sustains the Magenn Air Rotor System, which ascends to an altitude as selected by the operator for the best winds. Its rotation also generates the “Magnus” effect. This aerodynamic phenomenon provides additional lift, keeps the MARS device stabilized, positions MARS within a very controlled and restricted location, and finally, causes MARS to pull up overhead to maximize altitude rather than drift downwind on its tether.
The Advantages of MARS over Conventional Wind Turbines are: (1) low cost electricity – under 15 cents per kWh; (2) bird and bat friendly; (3) lower noise; (4) wide range of wind speeds – 2 to more than 28 meters/second; (5) higher altitudes – from 200 to 1,000 feet above ground level are possible without expensive towers or cranes; (6) fewer limits on placement location – coast line placement is not necessary; (7) ability to install closer to the power grid; (8) mobile and; (9) ideal for off grid applications or where power is not reliable.