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.
Successful motorcycle engineers, twin brothers Chris and Paul Bladon, begin to investigate creating a miniaturised version of an axial-flow gas turbine.
During their initial research, Rolls Royce tells the Bladon brothers that the production of a micro gas turbine is not possible.
Bladon brothers identify the breakthrough solution – use of Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) to create ultra-high-precision turbine components.
Bladon twins continue to refine the design and production concepts for the new power unit.
Bladon Jets Limited is formed.
Patents are filed on the unique design and manufacturing processes.
The Bladon Jets axial-flow micro gas turbine runs for the first time.
Decision made to commercialise the technology and head office established on the Isle of Man.
World's most prolific micro gas turbine designer, Phill Heward, joins Bladon Jets.
Seed Funding secured.
First patent granted.
Bladon Jets enters into partnership with Jaguar Land Rover and wins first Technology Strategy Board funding competition for low carbon vehicle development to support the design and prototyping of an Ultra Lightweight Range Extender (ULRE).
Second patent granted.
Jaguar C-X75 supercar concept, with twin Bladon Jets engines, launched in Europe at the Paris Motor Show.
Dr Philip Ruffles CBE, ex Rolls Royce Technical Director joins advisory board.
Professor John Denton, ex Director of Cambridge Whittle Labs joins advisory board.
Tata announces investment in Company as the largest individual shareholder.
Work commences on new Bladon Jets Engineering Centre in Coventry, UK.
Technology Strategy Board awards Bladon Jets second round of funding to continue development of an Ultra Lightweight Range Extender (ULRE) for next generation electric vehicles.
Formal opening of new Bladon Jets Engineering Centre by Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Sons.
Bladon Jets micro gas turbine generator is a key element of the Pininfarina Cambiano concept vehicle revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.
Bladon Jets announces the purchase of a major stake in Brayton Energy Canada, with its world leading heat exchanger technology.