Dr. Todd Otanicar talks about combining traditionally separate methods of producing solar power to maximize efficiency. In addition, he lays out the argument for how solar technologies could change Oklahoma, TEDxUniversityofTulsa's home state.
Dr. Todd Otanicar is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at TU. When he left GE Aircraft Engines to get a PhD he had an interest in pursuing renewable energy. Little did he know that would mean studying about nanoparticles and heat transfer. Over the years he has used this knowledge to develop a new type of solar energy technology that produces both heat and electricity simultaneously. Our group is building a demonstration of this system at TUs north campus with support from the US Department of Energy ARPA-E program. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Oklahoma.
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