SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Monarch Power announced it has been granted a U.S. patent for a new turbine that can power, heat, and cool homes and businesses using solar energy or natural gas. The Hui turbine is the invention of Monarch CEO Joseph Hui, professor emeritus at Arizona State University.

Hui, aka Solar Man on social media, believes his turbine will be a “game changer” in the power industry. The turbine uses solar energy stored in molten salt for power generation day or night. He said homes can also go off the grid with the Lotus Butterfly™, a solar-powered cogenerating system with natural gas backup, now in the final phases of development.

“Think Superstorm Sandy,” said Hui. “The electric grid went down. People scrambled to buy gasoline-powered backup generators. With the Lotus Butterfly cogenerating system, your home remains powered and air conditioned. The sun is our ubiquitous power source. Our natural gas grid provides backup energy security more reliably than overhead power lines.”

Hui predicts that the current power grid with centralized generation of electricity will be replaced by personal energy, a term he coined for local sourcing, generation, storage, and use of energy. “Energy isn’t just about electricity. Energy is for home heating and cooling, cooking, driving, communicating, lighting, and watering. Electricity is good for transmission but poor for storage. Our sun provides heat storable by molten salt. No battery is needed.”

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Publication date: 6/8/2015

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