T-CO: Making alternative energy understandable
He also said, in an earlier interview, that his goal was to have at least one person out of every household be able to discuss alternative energy sources. He said once the public understood it, they would be able to help develop it.
“They can decide what works for them,” he said.
Green first came on the scene back in the 1980s with his “Greene’s Clean Machine,” a mobile, automatic feed, waste biofuel-fired furnace and boiler system that would produce heat energy. It was designed to run off of various solid waste biomass fuels like agricultural crop residue. He demonstrated his system at the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition as a featured exhibit in 1981.
Since that time, he and T-CO have explored several projects to promote renewable energy and alternative fuel sources to the community locally, nationally and internationally.
For the past two years, Greene and his staff have developed a communication platform using the Internet to provide videoconferencing opportunities for its clients and partners. He has also built a “hands-on” training/conference center with a computer lab, HDTV facilities, event production staff and an “in-house” web production department.
“Our primary goal is to promote public awareness of bioenergy, as well as all forms of renewable energy, which is urgently needed world wide,” stated Greene on the company’s website.
Included in the training facility is the T-CO ClearView tank, which Green designed and built and allows for observation of the stages in the processing of biodiesel and its by-products. The staff has given several seminars via the Internet using the tank as a learning tool for clients who were unable to attend the demonstrations in person.
A seminar last year given at Greene’s facility was presented by David James, who has been researching and experimenting with alternative energies for the past eight years at the private school he founded in Opelika, Ala. During the seminar people “tuned-in” from all over the world including India, Brazil and Germany.
“This is exciting getting to communicate and swapping ideas with people worldwide,” said Greene at the time.
Another venture of T-CO Alternative Fuels is its mobile uplink studio, which was designed and built to expand the company’s coverage of energy related events. Greene and his staff have attended events in Alabama and Georgia with their mobile studio.
One of Greene’s most recent endeavors is a tank that he built to be used in T-CO’s algae fuels research project. This project will be ongoing with the objective of answering questions that might arise in using algae as a biomass to make alternative fuels.
Finally, Greene would like to construct the world’s first environmentally friendly, energy independent, tech savvy, multi-service living complex for senior adults. This would be an expansion of the Green Terrace Assisted Living Center, of which he is president and owner.
The T-CO Alternative Fuels website, www.t-co.com, gives extensive information on the company and its projects and goals through its virtual campus. It also offers interactive opportunities with Greene and his staff through videoconferencing.
“Renewable energy is so vast. ... Until we get the public to understand it...,” he said.