Environmental Hall of Fame, Chicago '08 -- Awesome
Thirty-six movers and shakers from the environmental movement receive
awards, including two individuals from the NEC's Top 100 Clean Energy
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Bruce Osborn of Stirling Energy Systems, which
is ranked #1 in the Top 100 Clean Energy Technologies listing of the New
The second Environmental Hall of Fame last week in Chicago was even better than the first one last June in Los Angeles, which was a great
inaugural event for this ongoing series.
Allen Rubin and Catherine Corbin did an excellent job organizing and steering the event to be a celebration of the great work being done by various individuals and organizations hard at work in various aspects of the environmentalist movement. The event began as a spin-off of a project Allen and Catherine have been doing for a
book they're working on. Rather than just limit their work to honoring a few key payers, they decided to make this an organic process of recognizing the many people involved.
Last week, of the 36 honorees, twelve were from Chicago, twelve from Illinois, and twelve from other locations in the United States. Those being recognized seemed to appreciate receiving this very hearty pat on the back for their tireless efforts.
I was there hosting a display for the "Global Top 100 Clean Energy
Technologies" generated by our New Energy
Congress, which received an award at the first Environmental Hall of Fame event.
Two of the companies who received awards at the event are listed in the Top 100:
Stirling Energy Systems (#1), which is installing
competitive, utility-scale solar plants; and Green Power Inc (#15), which turns municipal waste into high-grade diesel and electricity.
Along with our listing of the Top 100 were a dozen exhibit frames for twelve of those companies who helped sponsor the event. Also accompanying our display were two actual models: a small scale version of the Stirling Energy System solar dish, and a
~3-foot high vertical axis wind turbine by TESNIC, propelled by a household fan. Overall, the
NEC display set was quite attractive.
TESNIC had people flying in from Japan, Korea, India, and elsewhere, just to see the prototype turbine. It was a continual showcase.
They are making vertical axis wind technology plausible for home power applications, with an approximate 5-year
ROI; going into production within next two quarters. And their use of the name Tesla is well deserved as they have implemented the Tesla Turbine principle to great effect.
Theirs is one of the most safe energy devices I've ever encountered. You can put your hand in the moving turbine, and rather than chop, it just bounces it back out due to the orientation of the rotor's outer Sylvanias vanes.
I was able to have a couple of meals with the TESNIC inventor and CEO, Horia Nica and his associate,
Andre, learning more about their system and its strengths.
Horia, who drove ~17 hours to get to this event, was nearly turned away coming across the Canadian border due to his turbine. They told him to go home. He later went to another line, and was passed enthusiastically through by a guy who recognized it as a vertical axis wind turbine and asked for a business card.
Thursday evening was electrified when Pierce Brosnan and his wife, Keely showed up to view the exhibits and participate in the ceremony receiving awards for their work. They have contributed over $1
million dollars to a wide variety of environmental causes.
I was able to talk with Pierce for a few minutes as he came by our exhibit. He asked in particular about the TESNIC vertical axis wind turbine that was on display there, looking for renewable technologies to integrate into a home he plans to build in Malibu. Horia
Nica, CEO of TESNIC was present and handed him a business card.
There were supposedly four network television stations there covering the event. One person at the reception afterwards said they heard a report of at least one network giving a fairly lengthy segment on it in the evening news. On Friday night, Channel 5 received an award for their green initiatives, including a weekly green news feature.
I was very impressed with Bruce Osborn, CEO of Stirling Energy Systems. We had several great conversations in which I wished I had a tape recorder rolling so we could play them on my
Free Energy Now radio show. It was fun to learn that his dad has built a great solar home similar to
Bruce's presentation at the Awards ceremony was fantastic, making a great showing for our Top 100 listing. Their first two plants, which will begin producing electricity next year, will eventually produce 1.75 GW of electricity -- as much as Hoover Dam -- and at a price
on a par with conventional energy.
Michael Spitzauer, CEO of Green Power Inc. (GPI), brought his family as well
as several colleagues along to be part of the award ceremony. GPI
has a 100 ton-per-day production prototype plant running since March, 2008,
taking orders and commencing commercial production of their waste-to-diesel
|Green Power Inc. did a full display,
showcasing their technology, how it works, showing the construction and
completion of their production prototype plant. Long after he was
selected to receive the award last June (and wasn't able to make it)
Michael gave a very generous donation to the Hall of Fame event.
The Environmental Hall of Fame award recipients were as follows:
- Thursday, November 20
- Kimpton Hotels (venue)
- City of Chicago, Sadhu Johnston, Chief Environmental Officer
- Mayor Richard M. Daley
- Chicago Center for Green Technology
- University of Illinois Energy Resource Center
- Whole Foods
- American Solar Energy Society
- Illinois Solar Energy Association
- Innovative Design, Inc.
- Design Museum, Tim McNeil
- Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Brosnan
- Friday, November 21
- Environment Illinois
- Illinois PIRG
- NBC5 Chicago, Ginger Zee
- Geothermal Energy Association
- Center for Neighborhood Technology
- CNT Energy
- I-Go Car Sharing
- Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
- Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
- Natural Capitalism Solutions, Hunter Lovins
- Informed Energy Decisions, Cappy Kidd and John Porterfield
- Saturday, November 22
- RJ Construction, RJ Jordan
- Museum of Science and Industry/Smart Home
- Chicago Park District
- Office of Il. Lt. Governor Pat Quinn
- Chicago Public Schools
- Chicago Cubs
- National Green Teams
- American Wind Energy Association
- Illinois Renewable Energy Association
- Conscious Choice, Richard McGinnis, Publisher
- Stirling Energy Systems
- Green Power Inc
- City of Naperville, Allan L. Poole, Director of Public Utilities
- CO2 BAMBU
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