Today Iâ€™m very pleased to present an interview with the founder of Earthtoys.com, Bob Hetherington.
Earthtoys.com is a website devoted to the alternative energy industry. It features an e-magazine and web library, and also includes a news service updated hourly and an events calendar.
Bob founded the website in 2002. Since that time, it has served as a very popular resource for all those interested in alternative energy technologies. They have over 60,000 visits each month.
Bob says about the website,
â€œWe provide an open and unbiased platform where new ideas, systems and solutions can be expressed, shared and cataloged for use by our readers.â€
Enjoy the interview and make sure to visit Earthtoys.com! Thanks again to Bob Hetherington for taking the time out of his busy week to do this interview.
Tell us about yourself and how you became interested in the world of alternative energy.
Iâ€™m a mechanical engineer by profession and was in university in the early 70â€™s when the first gas crisis hit hard. Our faculty entered the Urban Car Competition at that time and we built the winning entry (beating out the likes of MIT and the US Army). It was a LNG (liquid natural gas) powered small sedan with many innovative features that made it not only energy efficient but safer, not polluting and very economical to operate.
I guess thatâ€™s when I got interested in alternative energy and I went on to do other projects at school such as studying the feasibility of using a flywheel to store energy in a car etc.
Unfortunately, I got busy paying mortgages and having kids after that. Reality sets in and some of our dreams must be delayed for a while. Unfortunately the alternative energy industry seemed to go into limbo too. The world went from economical small cars and practical living spaces to Hummers, SUVâ€™s and monster homes while politicians and professors kept talking about how nice it would be to save energy and stop polluting the environment.
Too much talk and posturing â€¦ no practical products built and marketed.
How was the idea for the EarthToys website born?