Mike 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.
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
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
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