The UK company Bladon Jets is pioneering the development of micro gas turbines – small, light and clean-burning jet engines which will provide a new generation of green and efficient power units..
From the early vision of twin brothers Chris and Paul Bladon, Bladon Jets has evolved into a world leader in micro gas turbine technology. The company is preparing its innovative power units for volume production, and is poised to enter major global growth markets in the power generation and automotive sectors.
The Bladon Brothers identify the breakthrough solution for the development of an axial-flow micro gas turbine, using Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) to create ultra-high precision compressor and turbine components.
Bladon Jets Limited (subsequently renamed Bladon Jets (UK) Limited) is formed in the UK and patents are filed on the design and manufacturing processes.
First patent granted.
Bladon enters into a development partnership with Jaguar Land Rover (“JLR”) to support the design and prototyping of an Ultra Lightweight Range Extender (ULRE). The project wins funding from the UK government backed Technology Strategy Board. Second patent granted.
Jaguar C-X75 concept supercar, with twin Bladon Jets engines, wins “Car of the Show” award at Paris Motor Show. Tata invests in Company
Work starts at Bladon’s new Engineering Centre in Coventry, UK. Contract secured from JLR to further develop the ULRE for the C-X75.
Bladon Jets’ Coventry Engineering Centre is formally opened by Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group and the Bladon ULRE is a key element of the Pininfarina Cambiano concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show. Bladon Jets acquires a 49% stake in Brayton Energy Canada (“Brayton”) and acquires the right to use that company’s world leading heat exchanger (“HEX”) technology.
Bladon completes the development and initial testing of a small, quiet, multi fuel, 15kVA Micro Turbine Genset and sets up a development and pilot production facility for best in class Air Bearings.