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Join us on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 12:30 p.m. ET for a live discussion on Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Whether you want to know more about how we’re realizing Tesla’s idea of wireless transmission of energy today or who really invented the light bulb or what the war of the currents was, now is your chance to ask the experts.
The event will be moderated by Peter Gardett, founding editor of Breaking Energy. Gardett has spent more than a decade covering all areas of the energy industry and along the way, has picked up a thing or two on Edison and Tesla. Joining the discussion will be:
- Dr. Rob Ivester, Deputy Director of the Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. A mechanical engineer by trade, Ivester is a bit of an Edison and Tesla history buff and can answer questions about how we are still using their ideas today in manufacturing and scientific fields.
- Dr. Stephen Frank, Commercial Buildings Engineer at the Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). An expert in electric power distribution systems, Frank can answer questions about the difference between AC and DC power, the efficiency of power generation and the war of the currents.
- Dr. Bernie Carlson, Professor of science, technology, and society at the University of Virginia. Author of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, Professor Carlson can talk about the rivalry between the two inventors and how their innovations are still being used today.
You can submit your questions on Edison and Tesla in advance and during the Hangout by emailing email@example.com, posting in the comments on the Energy Department's Facebook page or Google+ event, or tweeting @ENERGY or @BreakingEnergy using #EdisonvsTesla. Be sure to tune in to get the low down on Edison and Tesla.