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Episode 8 - Alternative Energy

This program is an homage to people who noodle outside the crate, dive outside the pool, rush in, headlong through the out door.  It's about really clever people who invent, create, conceive. Some are on the inside and wear proper lab coats, work at universities, deliver power point presentations, receive grants, court venture capitalists and publish in peer reviewed journals. Others are on the fringe and toil in dank basements, and tool sheds, wear rumpled oil stained t-shirts, scrawl on the backs of envelopes, salvage at the wrecking yard and get spied on by their neighbours. 

In this episode host Richard Syrett visits 3 different people with wildly different ideas on how to fix the energy crisis.

1) Roger Gordon has his ammonia-making machine, which he proposes is the cheapest and most effective way for us rid ourselves of carbon based fuel dependency. (he is the back yard tinkerer)



2) Ted Sargeant runs a lab at U of T. He is creating a more efficient "spray on solar" solution that if proven effective will allow us to rid ourselves of carbon based fuel dependency by covering the roads and hiways in America. (he is the scientist)

Ted Sargent Describes His Team's Tandem Solar Cell Breakthrough

3) Tom Rand is the resident clean tech advisor at MaRS discovery district in Toronto. He has North America 's "Greenest" hostel. His life's work is pushing the needle on carbon and he presents some very practical ways we can make changes now to wean ourselves of carbon AT A PROFIT! (he's the investor / banker)

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