The Best Heat And Power Cogeneration System
By: John Donnelly
Before incorporating any combined heat and power system in our homes, we have to determine that in keeping our surroundings at a comfortable level it generates electricity that is ecofriendly. At the same time it should reduce harmful greenhouse gases and, of course, cut our utility costs. Finding the solution to this poser is at hand. The most advanced and efficient energy producer on today's market presents itself with the Freewatt and the Freewatt+ cogeneration systems.
The Freewatt is available as a warm air or hydronic (boiler) system. Both are powered by a Honda Micro Combined Heat and Power generator (MCHP), whose engine provides the most advanced small engine technology available and runs on natural gas. The maintenance schedule is one you've gotta love. Every 6000 operating hours (1 1/2 to 2 years) it requires a new spark plug, oil filter and routine maintenance adjustments taking approximately one hour. It develops power at 85 to 90% efficiency (compared to our power plants at approximately 35%) and is expected to produce 1/3 to 1/2 as much harmful emissions.
CHP combined heat and power is just another term for cogeneration, a system employed in industry for some extended time. The Freewatt cogeneration system has been named by the EPA as one of their climate choice products. It has broken through the energy efficient barriers faced by all conventional heating systems, Freewatt combines two technologies. A 95% efficient furnace and the aforementioned Honda generator. Combined they produce unprecedented total energy efficiency while using the same ductwork in the home to deliver the heat.
Not ready for the entire system? Install a Freewatt compatible warm air system today and upgrade to a full system later. No other warm air heating system is certified to allow this full upgrade without replacing the furnace. Power failure concerns? The Freewatt system is microcomputer controlled, senses a grid power failure and shuts down protecting personnel and grid equipment. It allows the owners, installers and service people to communicate and control the system over the internet and the monitor automatically diagnoses any problem and alerts both service and owners.
More than 5000 Kilowatts of electricity are generated by a typical Freewatt home heating system each year and doing so reduces the homeowner's carbon footprint by up to 6000 pounds. That's the equivalent of not driving your car for 6 months. Owners in net metering states have realized as much as a 50% savings on their utility bills. The Freewatt combined heat and power system provides us with comfort and savings while doing its' part to go green.