Ever wondered how energy gets to remote islands and locations in a practical way for the inhabitants? Recently, several worldwide projects are being experimented with, and enhanced as widely dispersed islands, military bases and disaster-relief centers constitute challenging energy availability.

So what does this have to do with the awning industry?

You may have heard of a structure called an “aerostat” which is a lighter-than-air craft, filled with helium and floats high above the ground at altitudes with lofty wind speeds.  To put it in simpler terms, it’s basically a massive floating doughnut (yum!) made with fabric instead of exorbitant amounts of sugar (although, sugar produces a lot of energy, too!). This high-tech Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) catches the wind flow through the tube-like shape by a light-weight turbine inside that spins to create energy for over a dozen homes. It’s held to the ground by firm and flexible tethers that serve the purpose of not only keeping it stationary, but transmitting the energy it collects to the earth-bound users.


Aerostats are made from extremely expensive awning-like material which is gas-tight, durable performance industrial fabric. This $17 billion market for power generation is spreading quickly and being used in many eco-friendly, helpful ways that will improve energy production across the world. Check out the cool video below!

Oh, and I promise Rodgers Awnings does not have a $17 billion market for our products (yet), but be sure to give us a call for any of your needs or ideas!