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Introducing The tPOD1 - thermoelectric Power On Demand - electricity from a tea candle. Alladin's lamp had nothing on this...
1,342 backers pledged $111,697 to help bring this project to life.

More than a product; a cause.

Posted by Richard Harmon (Creator)

Hello Kickstarters,

I am proud to announce that we have been very busy at Tellurex getting all of the last minute kinks worked out of production and are busy building product!  We have done a pilot run of the production line and are awaiting delivery of the final part that we had made alterations to.  We will begin shipping the tPOD pledge gifts before the month’s end. 

I am also proud to announce that my aspirations of providing light and energy in the developing world are beginning to come to fruition.  I had the honor to have been invited to speak at a conference held by the United Nations Association, Lansing Chapter and Michigan State University in late September.  The conference was titled Sustainable Energy for Sustainable Development.  My presentation was from the prospective of a manufacturer introducing products into the developing world and the challenges we face.  My presentation on the tPOD1 and the benefits it offers for lighting in the developing world were well received: contacts made at that conference enabled me to attend a second conference and trade fair.  I will be traveling to Senegal Africa to attend the 3rd International Off-Grid Lighting Conference & Trade Fair November 13th through the 15th.  This conference is organized by Lighting Africa which is backed by the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank.  The attendees at this conference are policy and decision makers from around the world who are intent on providing lighting and energy access to the off-grid and sporadic grid peoples on the African Continent. 

I am very excited about the prospects of this conference and very grateful for the opportunities that have been made possible through the generous pledge givers of Kickstarter.  Thanks to all of you and take pride in your contribution to this product, project and cause.

With Sincere Thanks

Richard Harmon


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    1. Matt Markland on


      I loved this project from when I saw it, I'm glad that you are living the dream of most engineers to take a concept through to production and then get major reconginition for it. Congrats!

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      Jim on

      Great post. Thanks for the update. Thank you for what you're doing. It's great to know that my nominal donation to this project has helped in some way to bring power to people around the globe who have no or little access to it. I fully support that cause.