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Ken: new at six... today local business owners and community members were introduced to ' a ' new type of technology.

It's " a power source " that it's inventors say... could potentially change the farming industry.

Ken: cbs 47's "christina " " tay trow" joins us live in downtown fresno - with how it works.

Christina: they call it a "sun cell."

It's an energy source about the size of a briefcase.

The company that designed it says it could power over 30 homes.

Today that company "brilliant light power" came here to bitwise in downtown fresno to show local business owners... especially farmers... how it works.

Paul parreira is a 3rd generation los banos almond farmer paul parreira / los banos almond farmer "my grandparents planted a few trees back in the 1950's... mom and dad still live on that home ranch" 1:34:20 a career path he says is now in jeopardy for future generations paul parreira / los banos almond farmer "we have regulations that are being imposed on us that are extremely difficult...it's causing us to kind of shrink the industry 1:39:40 parreira visited downtown fresno on monday to hear how a new energy source could cut the costs of running his almond farm.

Expected to be on the market early next spring... it's inventors say 'the suncell' is a portable and sustainable energy source that runs off of water and hydrgen.

Dr. randell mills / founder &amp; president &amp; ceo, brilliant light power "you can think of it as a light bulb with thousands of times larger area" 1:19:52 fresno was the first stop of a national speaking tour for the tech company.

Ceo and founder doctor randell mills says while his invention could help any industry farming could benefit by...cutting down energy costs and providing electricity in hard to reach areas.

Dr. randell mills, founder &amp; president &amp; ceo, brilliant light power "it will help with irrigation...pumping s tations...processing...esse... ly everything now that is set up for electric" 1:21:23 parreiera says this new invention could help the stress of farming regulations...h igh energy costs...and reduce the carbon footprint.

Paul parreira / los banos almond farmer "this would just open up a while new world...where you have remote irrigation wells and remote irrigation systems 1:35:45 local software engineer eric tilton invited dr. mills and his team to bitwise today.

He says introducing new technology companies to the valley like "brilliant light power" helps more than just farmers.

Eric tilton, mjt technologies "we are just intensely interested in spawning a tech revival here in fresno and bringing new industry to help the local economy" 1:1:45 christina: the new power source unit does not have a price set yet...but the brilliant light power team says it is expected to be on the market for commercial use by next spring.

Live in downtown fresno ... christina



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