Conference Shines Light on Renewable Energy
"We're here, basically, to show people that there's alternative energy sources in Missouri," said Henry Rentz of Hermann. "And renewable energy is a viable asset for Missouri and can be used in conjunction with power companies to offset some of the utility bills and reduce global warming."
Rentz's company specializes in wind turbines and solar panels, including a solar-powered air conditioner for small-scale cooling.
"When running ductwork to the room addition would be cost-prohibitive," he explained, "this unit will provide air conditioning for you."
Rentz also said wind and solar power are no longer considered far-fetched, far-in-the-distant-future uses. King City, a small community in northwest Missouri, will benefit from a windmill farm starting next year.
Another energy option could drive your car. Acetylene, a combustible gas, combined with water, could run a motor vehicle engine.
"It's cleaner than natural gas and has more power than natural gas or propane," said David Seidel of Biodiverse Energies Inc. "And it gets the equivalent of 70 miles per gallon in gasoline."
And, said Seidel, a biomass engineer, an acetylene-powered vehicle produces no harmful air pollution like gasoline-powered vehicles do. He said acetylene also can power things such as floor buffers, another practical example of alternative energy.