Tom Lillestol, left, holds a pot of water being heated by a wood stove Hi-Z Technology Inc. has outfitted with a thermoelectric generator. The U.S. EPA hopes the device will improve lives in India. Looking on are CFO and acting CEO Jill Elsner, center, and Vice President Fred Leavitt.

Tom Lillestol, left, holds a pot of water being heated by a wood stove Hi-Z Technology Inc. has outfitted with a thermoelectric generator. The U.S. EPA hopes the device will improve lives in India. Looking on are CFO and acting CEO Jill Elsner, center, and Vice President Fred Leavitt. Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle.

— Jill Elsner and Fred Leavitt were anxious to show off their company’s latest technological innovation, but they couldn’t just fire it up inside their Miramar Road offices...

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