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Jay Warmke

Jay Warmke

Like most people involved in Green Technologies, Jay began his career in the comic book industry. Having graduated from Ohio University's prestigious Scripts-Howard school of Journalism, he found he had no taste for newspapers. So as General Manager of Diamond Comic distributors he sold comics... lots of comics.

But after helping to grow that company to over $50 million a year in sales, he left to try something completely different. Jay soon found himself in the telecommunications industry, where he became executive director of a small association named BICSI. By the year 2000 the small organization had grown rather large, with more than 100 employees and offices around the world.

Somewhere along the way he attended the MBA program at the University of South Florida and learned just enough not to be impressed by anybody with an MBA.

When an industry trade magazine named Jay one of the ten most influential people in the telecommunications industry—he figured it was time move on.

So in 2001 he and his wife Annie, with their granddaughter in tow, moved to France for a few years. He ended up working in a stable in rural England in exchange for jumping lessons, learning how to fall off a horse with grace and dignity.

In 2004 the family returned to their farm in Ohio where they established Blue Rock Station—a sustainable living center that features the first Earthship (a 2,200 sq ft passive solar home constructed out of garbage) built east of the Mississippi, many straw bale buildings, a plastic bottle greenhouse, a solar shower made of milk jugs, gardens, milk goats and way too many cats.

Jay is the author of numerous green technology books and articles, including Green Technology, Concepts and Practices—one of the best selling comprehensive texts on the subject—and the soon to be published When the BioMass hits the Wind Turbine: How we got ourselves into this mess and how we are going to get out of it.

In addition to writing or chopping firewood, Jay runs around the country giving speeches and conducting train-the-trainer seminars on a number of green technologies.

He is a member of the board of directors of Ohio Green Living, Green Energy Ohio, and the International Certification and Accreditation Council. He is also a committee member of several Electronic Technician Association certification boards, including those writing national examinations in photovoltaics, electric vehicles, as well as the Renewable Energy Integrator certification.

He is an instructor in Renewable Energy at the Central Ohio Technical College, and also serves as national co-chair of the Skills USA Sustainable Solutions contest.

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One of the challenges of renewable power is how to store clean energy from the sun, wind and geothermal sources. Now, a new study and advances in nanotechnology have found a method that may relieve the burden on supercapacitor storage. This method turns bricks into batteries, meaning that buildings themselves may one day be used to store and generate power, Science Times reported.

Bricks are a preferred building tool for their durability and resilience against heat and frost since they do not shrink, expand or warp in a way that compromises infrastructure. They are also reusable. What was unknown, until now, is that they can be altered to store electrical energy, according to a new study published in Nature Communications.

The scientists behind the study figured out a way to modify bricks in order to use their iconic red hue, which comes from hematite, an iron oxide, to store enough electricity to power devices, Gizmodo reported. To do that, the researchers filled bricks' pores with a nanofiber made from a conducting plastic that can store an electrical charge.

The first bricks they modified stored enough of a charge to power a small light. They can be charged in just 13 minutes and hold 10,000 charges, but the challenge is getting them to hold a much larger charge, making the technology a distant proposition.

If the capacity can be increased, researchers believe bricks can be used as a cheap alternative to lithium ion batteries — the same batteries used in laptops, phones and tablets.

The first power bricks are only one percent of a lithium-ion battery, but storage capacity can be increased tenfold by adding materials like metal oxides, Julio D'Arcy, a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, who contributed to the paper and was part of the research team, told The Guardian. But only when the storage capacity is scaled up would bricks become commercially viable.

"A solar cell on the roof of your house has to store electricity somewhere and typically we use batteries," D'Arcy told The Guardian. "What we have done is provide a new 'food-for-thought' option, but we're not there yet.

"If [that can happen], this technology is way cheaper than lithium ion batteries," D'Arcy added. "It would be a different world and you would not hear the words 'lithium ion battery' again."

Aerial view of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Gamboa, Panama, where a new soil study was held, on Sept. 11, 2019. LUIS ACOSTA / AFP via Getty Images

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