Clarian Technologies Aims to Take Financial Sting Out of Wind Power with Jellyfish Turbine

[Updated with comments from Kelly Jo MacArthur on page 2]
In recent years, we have seen an explosion of alternative energy devices, yet most of these technologies remain out of the reach of the average homeowner. To outfit your roof with solar panels, you’d probably be out $10,000 to $20,000 as an initial investment. Clarian Technologies, a brand new, three-employee Seattle startup, wants to change all that. With its products slated to hit the market in 2010, the company aims to bring affordable wind and solar energy devices to the masses. I spoke with Clarian founder Chad Maglaque to find out more.

The two products that he hopes are coming to stores near you soon are the Jellyfish (wind turbine) and Sunfish (solar panels). Maglaque’s vision is that an ecologically-minded but not necessarily wealthy homeowner could pick up one of these at Home Depot, Best Buy, or Costco, set it up on their roof or in the garden, plug it into a regular power outlet, and start generating electricity—without having to bring in a contractor, electrician, or inspector.

The cost? The starting price for the Jellyfish is $399, and the Sunfish is $899. Clarian is already talking with Costco about stocking the devices, Maglaque said.

In currently available wind and solar technologies, a device called the inverter is a big cost hurdle, Maglaque said. That’s the part of the technology that converts DC to AC current that can be used in your home, and adds at least $3,000 to $4,000 to the price tag. “We wanted to tackle that with the view that smaller is better,” Maglaque said.

So Clarian’s products don’t actually need the inverter. This isn’t a new concept, Maglaque said. Large industrial wind turbines don’t use inverters either.

When Maglaque explains how few obstacles there are to a plug-and-go wind or solar energy generator, it seems like there’s a huge hole in the alternative energy market. The existing plugs in your house are coded to take an appliance up to 1,500 watts. But a 1,500 watt solar panel array would normally cost $15,000 to $20,000, Maglaque said. “There are not many people who can afford to do that,” he said. “That’s where there is this disconnect in the market.”

Enter the Jellyfish, which is three feet tall and can be mounted on a roof … Next Page »

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Rachel Tompa is a freelance journalist based in Seattle. She can be reached at Follow @

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8 responses to “Clarian Technologies Aims to Take Financial Sting Out of Wind Power with Jellyfish Turbine”

  1. GreenEE says:

    How can you just plug into a wall socket with out creating risk for the homeowner or a utility line worker? Three is a reason all those safety devices are required.

  2. Thor Pulsifer says:

    Has anyone heard when or if the “jellyfish’ is going to be available??

  3. Louis Carusillo says:


    Very interested in your product the Jellyfish. You are correct that there are a number of people that cannot afford solar or other products. Also be interested if you need some one to test this product. If this product becomes avable I am thinking of purchasing two and also sending the electricity not used back to the electric com. I am located in Conn. Also are you on the stock market.

  4. N.Y. BREEZE says:

    My major question is where can I purchase your wind turbines. today I’m ready to take advantage of the savings

  5. ron setera says:

    I’m wondering about these questions:

    1- average wind require
    2- cut wind speed
    3- wattage curve vs wind
    4- availablitity 2010 ?
    5- current cost plan in 2010 ?
    6- UL, IEC, CSA, ?? when , what product number assigned?

  6. Keith says:

    what is there stock symbol

  7. Densel Willams says:

    I would like more info on these products. How can I contact the company direct?