The untold story of Canadian inventor George Cove, an early solar energy pioneer, with Dr. Sugandha Srivastav
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If the first solar entrepreneur hadn’t been kidnapped, would fossil fuels have dominated the 20th century the way they did?
Dr Sugandha Srivastav tells the story of George Cove, a little known inventor who's solar business came to an abrupt end in the early 20th century when he was kidnapped, and calculates what the world may have lost. "If we embrace the spirit of optimism seen during Cove’s time and make the right technology choices, we can still reach the sun-powered world he envisioned all those years ago."