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The Solar-Hydrogen Solution Has Arrived In New Jersey
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Mike StrizkiMike Strizki, New Jersey green entrepreneur and inventor of North America's first solar-hydrogen house, will be a special guest of Seton Hall University for Earth Day, April 22, 2009, speaking to students at 5:30 p.m. and then giving a public talk at 7:30 p.m.
Strizki's invention, a system that can be used by most residential homes to generate energy and store the excess as hydrogen gas, has the potential to help turn millions of American homes into fully self-sustaining power plants, each one capable of producing hydrogen to heat homes, provide electricity, and fuel cars.
A New Jersey Star-Ledger “Man of the Year” for 2008, Strizki has received national attention for his work, including stories on The Discovery Channel, ABC World News, CBS Evening News, and a feature story in The New York Times Magazine. He is building a second generation solar hydrogen house in the Cayman Islands, and he has plans underway for a third system for actor Johnny Depp.
In part this is an “inventor's story.” The system itself is truly ingenious, using off-the shelf technology. Electrolysis, which uses water and electricity to separate oxygen and hydrogen, is a 19th century invention; solar panels were invented at Bell Labs in 1954; fuel cells were invented in the 1970s; and the hydrogen is stored in propane tanks. But more importantly, this is a business story and a public policy story of dramatic proportions. And it is happening here in the State of New Jersey that is second only to California in the amount of installed solar power!
The student lecture will be held in Arts & Sciences Hall Room 107 at 5:30 p.m. The public lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Science and Technology Amphitheatre.
Partial funding for this event is provided by the College of Arts and Sciences thanks to generous support of the President's Advisory Council members.

For more information please contact:
Mark Svenvold, M.F.A., Visiting Assistant Professor of English
(973) 671-5151


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