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May 21, 2010 | last updated December 1, 2011 6:27 am

Inventor talks up Yarmouth energy project

A California inventor yesterday released more details about his plan to test water-to-hydrogen energy technology in Yarmouth.

Ronny Bar-Gadda came to Maine to meet with government officials and members of the energy industry to explain his pilot project that would use effluent from Yarmouth's wastewater treatment plant on the Royal River to produce hydrogen and other gases as a clean energy source, according to the Portland Press Herald. Bar-Gadda, founder and CEO of Genesys LLC, first proposed the idea in March and the town has been informally studying it. He told the group at the invitation-only event that he must raise $6 million to develop a commercial prototype, which could take two years. John Kerry, the state's energy director, said he was encouraged by the idea and asked Bar-Gadda to get in touch with researchers at the University of Maine.

Yarmouth officials must sign off on the plan. Town Manager Nat Tupper said more details on the impacts of the project, which would fuel the treatment plant and other town buildings, are still needed before a decision is made. Should the project move forward, the town could serve as a national model for such technology, Bar-Gadda said.

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