Meeting of 10/15/15: ‘Thermoelectric Power’

Screen shot 2015-05-22 at 12.44.07 PMMeeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
October 15, 2015

Attending (17): Terry Brewer, Debbie Rodriguez, Murray Forth, Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Dick Drumm, Stewart Wagner, Ray Hannan, David Taylor, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Roberto Martinez, Carol Orvis, Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Jim Leyhane.

Guests (1): Robert Parzak.

PROGRAM: “Thermoelectric Power”

Robert Parzak setting up a heat exchange device that emits energy to light a string of diodes.
Robert Parzak setts up a heat exchange device that emits energy to light a string of diodes.
Parzak displaying a portable generator that goes into an InStove, seen below.
Parzak displaying a portable generator that goes into an InStove, seen below.

Parzak 3Stewart Wagner introduced Robert Parzak, who was making a return visit to the club to update us on his progress in putting together a thermoelectric generating device.

His presentation, “The Final Volt Project, Part II,” consisted of a demonstration of power being generated through the principle of temperature differentiation: i.e., the exchange of hot and cold air. He displayed a small version of his invention, showing how heat from burning Sterno coming into contact with fan-driven ambient air creates a stream of power that lit up a string of diodes.

Rob used a slideshow to explain how he was developing a device that can be placed inside something known as an InStove that would make it go beyond much smaller energy production to a clean wood- or pellet-burning device able to power small households. This generation of the stove would be 6 to 10 times more efficient, and be available at a lower per-unit cost that might make it affordable for third world nations lacking sufficient power for a decent family existence.

His electric generation components, which he has spent months creating, can be plugged together and more sections added to surround the stove. The units then could  produce 300 to 500 watts of power. This device might also be useful for domestic homes off the grid or during a power failure.

Rob said he has received widespread interest in his work since posting a video on You Tube explaining it. He said he does not plan to seek a patent, rather opting for “open source” technology anyone can use.



RLI logoROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE — President-elect Debbie Rodriguez will be attending her first RLI session, a Level 1 course, set for this Saturday at Siena College. Bill Dowd had registered for Level 3 & Graduation, but the number of reservations was too small, so that level was cancelled.

DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S ABSENCE — President Terry Brewer said DG Milan Jackson had apologized for missing his scheduled meeting with us, which he blamed on a misunderstanding. He now is scheduled to attend our October 29 meeting, and will meet with the club’s Board at 5:45 p.m.

FIRST BREAKFAST MEETING —  Terry reported on what he termed “a very successful first effort” in the new monthly breakfast meeting, held today. He said eight potential members attended, and five other people who could not make it had expressed interest in learning more about Rotary. Members who attended said  it was an energetic group with good ideas.

Rotary Foundation logoFOUNDATION DINNER — The annual District 7190 Foundation Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, at the Stratton Air National Guard base in Scotia. Bill and April Dowd, Peter and Debbie Brown, Ray Hannan and David Taylor all expressed interest in attending, and other members are urged to participate. Details about the event are on our website, along with a link on how to register online.

SRC Bowling Logo 2015BOWLING FOR VETS  — The emphasis and timing for our annual bowling fundraiser has changed for this year. In past years, it has been “Bowl Over Polio,” with proceeds going to RI’s PolioPlus program. This year, our emphasis in a number of areas has moved to veterans’ affairs. Thus, the event will be called “Bowling for Vets,” and rather than holding it the week before the NFL Super Bowl, we will hold it on Sunday, November 8, at the East Greenbush Bowling Center on Columbia Turnpike. It will benefit Wounded Warriors and Blue Star Mothers. Murray Forth is again coordinating the event, and will need strong support from all club members in a variety of ways — helping visit or contact different organizations such as schools, veterans groups, etc., to encourage participation; e-mailing copies of the new event flyer Bill Dowd is designing to as many people as possible, etc. And, of course, we will need people to staff the registration and prize tables that day. There will be two sessions: 13:30 to 2:30 and 3 to 5 p.m. Event details can be found elsewhere on this website in the form of the flyer, and members will receive copies via e-mail from Bill.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS — Our scheduled October 22 speaker has cancelled. If anyone can quickly substitute a program, please see contact Debbie Rodriguez ASAP. Debbie outlined other programs lined up for the coming weeks, including a visit from the District Governor Milan Jackson on October 29. A reminder: All of our scheduled events can be found by going to our website, clicking on the events calendar link at the top of the page, then following instructions. As has been our practice, that page also contains a continually-uodated chart of who is responsible for which weeks’ programs.

PUBLICITY — Terry announced that ads were placed in the recent Goold Orchards apple festival and craft fair program, and that more are being planned for the Our Town publication that circulates in some parts of the county.

Rotary Home Cooking logoROTARY HOME COOKING — Debbie Brown announced that this Rotary Year’s first such event will be held at her home on Saturday, November 14. The menu centerpiece will be salmon en croute, She said she and Peter can host up to eight guests, reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Two seats quickly were taken, so six remain. If you would like to attend, please contact the Browns ASAP.

AFGHAN RAFFLE — Doris Calamaras is donating a collection of handmade afghans whuch will be raffled off at our annual Holiday Party in December. Tickets are $ each, or 12 for $5 and will be sold at club meetings and other activities from now through party time in December.

MALAWI AID PROGRAM — Dean Calamaras provided some background on The Malawi Project, an Indiana faith-based non-profit organization that does charitable work in that African nation. He and Doris have been collecting clean, used prescription medicine bottles to help one of The Malawi Project’s programs. He suggested we expend some effort getting to know more about the organization and what, and how, we may be able to continue helping, Terry said the club will take it under advisement as we go forward.

GRANT SEMINAR — Debbie Rodriguez announced the annual District Grants Training workshop is scheduled for April 9 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, Each club must have two members attend ti be eligible to apply for grants. If you are interested, please contact her.


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