Home-Sized Cogen Could Be Hot Product

A team of government engineers and appliance manufacturers is hoping to develop combined heat-and-power units sized for U.S. homes and designed to be compatible with forced hot-air heating systems. The U.S. Dept. of Energy is leading the group, which also includes the product and technology-development firm TIAX, HVAC supplier Rheem Manufacturing company, and GAMA, an appliance-manufacturer tra...

12/01/2004


A team of government engineers and appliance manufacturers is hoping to develop combined heat-and-power units sized for U.S. homes and designed to be compatible with forced hot-air heating systems. The U.S. Dept. of Energy is leading the group, which also includes the product and technology-development firm TIAX , HVAC supplier Rheem Manufacturing company, and GAMA , an appliance-manufacturer trade association.

Similar systems are currently marketed in Europe and Japan, but these units are not compatible with forced-air systems. In addition, U.S. developers also want designs capable of providing backup electrical power, which isn't a feature of current overseas models.





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