Hunt Utilities Group looks for new sources of sustainable energy

Paul Hunt
Hunt Utilities Group co-founder Paul Hunt constructs a calorimeter Thursday, January 24, 2013 on the HUG campus in Pine River, Minn. A calorimeter measures energy in the form of heat. Hunt says it makes sense for HUG to build their own calorimeters due to issues of accuracy and economics.
Derek Montgomery for MPR

A small company is gambling that a new line of scientific research could lead to development of a breakthrough alternative energy. In Pine River, the campus of the Hunt Utilities Group sits on 70-acres dotted with an eclectic mix of experimental buildings designed to promote sustainable living. Researchers here are focused on a theoretical energy source once commonly known as "cold fusion."